Russell apologizes to Bottas on Twitter: 'I've let people down'

19-04-2021 17:51 | Updated: 19-04-2021 20:23
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Russell apologizes to Bottas on Twitter: 'I've let people down'

After the much talked about incident between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the Williams driver has decided to publicly apologize for his reaction to the crash. He did so this afternoon in a message on Twitter.

On his personal Twitter account, George Russell posted a message of apology as well as an explanation regarding the crash with Valtteri Bottas at Imola, and the heated discussion that ensued between the two drivers. " Yesterday was not my proudest day", Russell starts.

Russell attempted to overtake Bottas during the Grand Prix at Imola by driving across a section of the track that had not yet dried. As a result, he touched the Finn's Mercedes, and both drivers ended up in the tyre pile with considerable impact.


"I knew it would be one of our best opportunities to score points this season and, when those points matter as much as they do to us right now, sometimes you take risks. It didn’t pay off and I have to take responsibility for that. Having had time to reflect on what happened afterwards, I know I should have handled the whole situation better. Emotions can run high in the heat of the moment and yesterday mine got the better of me", Russell continues.

The driver then explicitly apologised to Bottas, who he initially blamed for the crash: "I apologise to Valtteri, to my team and to anyone who felt let down by my actions. That’s not who I am and I expect more of myself, as I know others expect from me. I’ve learned some tough lessons this weekend and will out of this a better driver and a better person for the experience."

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