George Russell makes Valtteri Bottas U-turn after Toto Wolff blasted ‘bulls***’ remark

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Geroge Russell has sent a full and frank apology to Valtteri Bottas, after Mercedes chief Toto Wolff branded his post-race comments as “bulls***”. The Brit suffered a violent crash during Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with the two coming together after he attempted to overtake the Finn.

Russell lost control of his Williams, but claimed that Bottas ‘squeezed him’ and may not have carried out the manoeuvre had he been a different driver.

“We’re both grown men and we’ll have a conversation and talk about it. Let the heat die down a bit,” Russell stated after the race.

“I’m sure he’s upset and frustrated at me as I am with him. The faintest of movement’s when you’re travelling at 200mph is quite a massive thing and more so, it’s not just the speed, it’s the speed difference.

“I was probably going 30mph quicker than him and about to overtake him, and perhaps if it were another driver he wouldn’t have done that.”

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Wolff took a very different view of the incident claiming Russell, who is the final year of his deal with Williams, shouldn’t have ever made the move.

“The whole situation should have never happened,” Wolff said.

“Valtteri had a bad first 30 laps, and shouldn’t have been there. But George should have never launched into this manoeuvre, considering that the track was drying up.

“It meant taking risks, and the other car is a Mercedes in front of him. In any driver’s development, for a young driver, you must never lose this global perspective.

“So yeah, lots to learn for him I guess.”

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Asked specifically about Russell’s Bottas theory, Wolff said he felt that was “bulls***” adding that the crash could limit their ability to carry out necessary upgrades in the coming weeks.

“The whole situation is absolutely not amusing for us, to be honest,” he told

“It’s quite a big shunt. Our car is almost a write-off in a cost-cap environment that is certainly what we needed, and probably it’s going to limit upgrades that we’re able to do.”

And now Russell has backtracked on his original view, claiming he takes full responsibility, while apologising to Bottas.

“Yesterday wasn’t my proudest day,” he wrote on social media. “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 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.”

He continued: “I apologise to Valtteri, to my team and anyone who felt let down by my actions.

“That’s not who I am and I expect more from myself, as I know others expect more from me. I’ve learned some tough lessons this weekend and will come out of this a better driver and a better person for the experience.

“Now it’s full focus on Portugal and a chance to show what I’m really about. Thanks for all the messages, both positive and negative.

“They will all help me to grow.”

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