Bottas and Russell collided whereas battling for ninth place in Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with the severity of their crash leading to a crimson flag.
Each drivers had been fast guilty one another for inflicting the crash that left Bottas’ Mercedes automotive with a big quantity of harm that would restrict the group’s improve plans for the remainder of the yr.
Russell claimed within the fast aftermath of the incident that Bottas had damaged a gentleman’s settlement between the drivers.
“Between the entire drivers, we’ve had this gentleman’s settlement that when there’s a sooner automotive approaching with the DRS, you don’t jolt the steering wheel on the final second,” Russell stated, evaluating the transfer to Max Verstappen’s actions below braking in 2015 that prompted a rule rewrite.
“It’s the smallest of strikes, however if you’re going at 220 mph, and also you’re going 30 mph faster than the automotive forward, it’s huge.”
Marshals clear the broken automotive of Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, from the gravel lure
Photograph by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images
Russell has since apologised to Bottas for his response to the incident, taking accountability for the collision that left Mercedes group boss Toto Wolff saying the younger Briton had “lots to learn”.
Requested by Autosport if he had damaged any gentleman’s settlement, Bottas replied: “No, I don’t see it that means in any respect.
“I didn’t make any sudden strikes. I feel it’s fairly clear from his onboard as nicely, I at all times left an area.
“No, from my facet, it was clear. And naturally I’m defending, I’m not going to make any room for him. But in addition once I race, I’ve respect. So I see it in another way than him.”
The stewards investigating the incident confirmed that Bottas didn’t change his line in any respect on the strategy to Flip 2, deeming the collision to be a racing incident.
Bottas stated that he may have been “much more aggressive” when defending the place, and that Russell ought to have been conscious that the surface line would have been damp nonetheless.
“He knew that it was going to be damp there, as a result of we now have gone there lap after lap,” Bottas stated.
“I knew as nicely, and it was simply not a spot to go in these situations on slicks. However he nonetheless went there.
“It was his option to go there, I used to be doing my job making an attempt to defend, and I’m not going to maneuver away and provides him the dry patch again. That’s the way it goes.”