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Emilia Romagna GP Crash : Neither of Valtteri nor George Russell are Blameless, Justifies Ralf Schumacher

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.

Ralf Schumacher earlier spoke about the headline-making accident that took place between Mercedes’s Valtteri Bottas and Williams’ George Russell at the recently concluded Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Italy. The German clarified that both the drivers were at fault, which resulted in the crash.

The rule of the Stewards made it clear that the crash was a race-involved incident. However, both Bottas and Russell blamed each other for the crash. Nonethless, the Williams driver apologized for the crash later on in an interview.

In a column written by Schumacher in Sky Germany, the former Toyota driver conveyed, “The question of guilt has and will certainly be discussed a lot. Neither of them is blameless That is how the FIA ​​race stewards, who did not issue a penalty, saw it. Of course it was very ambitious for George to overtake a Mercedes in his Williams at this point.”

It was a colossal risk, Ralf Schumacher thinks

Michael Schumacher’s younger brother further asserted on the crash, “Big risk, but Valtteri just had to expect someone to come. Russell was behind him – he knew that – even with the DRS open – he can’t twitch over like that, because then the track is simply too narrow for two cars. Bottas was startled, withdrew again, by then it was already too late. Russell had reacted to his twitching, had swerved to the right, came onto the wet grass, turned to the left and cleared Bottas with him.”

George Russell of Williams Racing F1 blames Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes AMG F1 for the massive crash at the Autodrome Enzo e Dino Ferrari on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

George Russell of Williams Racing F1 crashed with Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes AMG F1 at the Autodrome Enzo e Dino Ferrari on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Mercedes’s Finn driver and Williams’ Englishman were battling for the P9 when the unfortunate crash took place. There were no penalties for either of them and luckily nobody got injured. However, it could have been nasty had the cars toppled over or worse caught fire.

Bottas currently stands at P5 in driver’s standings with 16 points in two races while Russell is languishing at P16 with 0 points with the same race count.


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