Bottas and Russell collided at high-speed on the strategy to Flip 2 halfway by means of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix whereas battling for ninth place, inflicting an enormous crash that pressured the race to be purple flagged.
Each drivers had been fast accountable one another for inflicting the shunt, just for Williams driver Russell to ultimately apologise to Bottas after some fiery preliminary statements within the hours following the crash.
Russell stated that he deliberate to name Bottas to clear the air over the incident, having initially implied that the Mercedes driver may have defended differently in opposition to another person. Russell is a member of Mercedes’ junior programme, and is extensively tipped for a future seat with the staff.
Bottas revealed on Thursday that he had not spoken to Russell since they met with the stewards at Imola – who took no motion, deeming it to be a racing incident – and that he was joyful to place it up to now.
“I heard about his submit and apology, and I learn it,” Bottas stated when requested by Autosport if he had been involved with Russell.
“However yeah, to be trustworthy, we haven’t spoken after the race, after the stewards.
“I did have a missed name on the Monday morning, however I used to be nonetheless sleeping.
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“We haven’t spoken, however I’m certain it’s the identical for George, it’s carried out and dusted.
“It’s historical past, and there was no resolution by the stewards. George apologised, and [it’s] time to maneuver on.”
Russell acknowledged on Thursday that his actions within the aftermath of the crash had been a “very poor judgement call”, prompting him to difficulty the apology on social media sooner or later later.
The Williams driver stated he has spoken “extensively” with Toto Wolff because the crash after the Mercedes staff boss forged a dim view on his involvement within the crash.
Bottas stated on Thursday that he spoke to Wolff after the crash, however was keen to maneuver on and deal with the upcoming races.
“We had a chat after, simply to undergo the scenario which is regular,” Bottas stated.
“However aside from that, we agreed [to] take the positives and be taught from the negatives and transfer on. Sort of one to overlook actually.
“One constructive for certain is it was solely race two of the season, and there are 21 to go.”