Williams driver Russell collided with Bottas when trying to overtake the Mercedes car for ninth place in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, resulting in a big crash. The incident eliminated both drivers from the race and brought out a red flag due to debris strewn across the track. It also caused Bottas's car to almost be written off due to the amount of damage sustained. Bottas and Russell blamed each other for the incident, but Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was unimpressed by Russell's actions, saying he has "lots to learn" and should have been more mindful against a car from his parent team. Russell issued an apology for Bottas on Monday evening, saying he "should have handled the whole situation better". Speaking before issuing his apology, Russell said he was confident that the incident would not have a negative impact on his relationship with Mercedes. Russell has been a member of its junior programme since 2017, and is widely tipped to one day succeed either Bottas or Lewis Hamilton at Brackley, perhaps as early as 2022. "It's not going to harm my relationship with Mercedes," Russell said. "I've already spoken with them, and there's understandings from both sides. "I'm sure… Read full this story
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