Russell and Bottas collided while battling for position on the run to the first chicane, causing a significant crash that left debris strewn across the track. Race control took the decision at first to deploy the safety car before issuing a red flag on Lap 34 of the 63-lap race at Imola. The crash was the latest in a string of incidents leading up to the red flag as drivers made the switch from intermediate to slick tyres, leaving them looking for grip in the greasy conditions. Read Also: Live: Follow the Emilia Romagna GP as it happens F1 will keep Miami and Austin dates separate Lewis Hamilton slid off the track while hunting down race leader Max Verstappen at Tosa, causing damage to his front wing and dropping him back to ninth place. This was shortly followed by the crash between Bottas and Russell, both of whom were left fuming by the incident. The onboard replay showed Russell gaining on Bottas down the main straight and moving to the right-hand side of the track to try and overtake around the outside, only to touch the white line. It caused Russell’s Williams to spear into the side of Bottas’s car,… Read full this story
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