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Bottas Reveals George Russell Attempted to Call Him For Apology Following Mercedes Conflict

Russell's Williams collided with Bottas's Mercedes as the Frenchmen tried to overtake from a critical angle

Valtteri Bottas, the Mercedes AMG driver has opened up about the crash that took place between him and Williams’ George Russell at Imola. The Italian Grand Prix this year was a race that the duo will try to forget in the future.

Bottas and Russell were fighting for P9 when the crash took place. George was on the way to overtake the Finn from the right and all of a sudden there was debris all over the track and the two cars hit the sidewall. The duo crashed at a speed around 200MPH, and fortunately, both were safe.

Following the incident, there was mudslinging, blaming each other between the Finn and the Briton Russell. Russell’s mic erupted with hurls “fuc*ing pr***” as soon as the crash took place.

The Mercedes W12 of Valtteri Bottas was heavily damaged after the crash with George Russell from Williams Racing at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

The Mercedes W12 of Valtteri Bottas was heavily damaged after the crash with George Russell from Williams Racing at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

However, Russell in an interview blamed Valtteri for the crash but later on came up and offered his apology to the Mercedes driver.

It is done and dusted, feels Valtteri Bottas

Bottas, in an interview, conveyed about Russell, “I heard about his apology and I read it. We have not spoken. I had a missed call on the Monday morning but I was still sleeping. I am sure it is the same for George. It is done and dusted. George apologised and it is time to move on.”

Russell replaced Covid-struck Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes at Sakhir last season and drove for Mercedes alongside Valtteri. Following that, there are strong rumors that Russell might race behind the wheels of Mercedes, in the upcoming seasons.

As the current season’s standings portray the Finnish 31-year-old driver is at P5 with 16 points after two races, while Russell is at P16 and is yet to score a point.

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