George Russell and Valtteri Bottas crash: Stewards deliver verdict and rule neither driver was at fault



Sky F1’s Anthony Davidson was at the SkyPad to analyse the huge crash between George Russell and Valtteri Bottas.

Valtteri Bottas and George Russell’s high-speed collision has been ruled as a ‘racing incident’ by stewards at the Emilia Romagna GP, with neither driver found at fault.

The drivers blamed each other for causing the lap-32 crash at the Tamburello corner which put them both out of the race as they fought over ninth place.

Williams’ Russell said the Mercedes driver had driven “dangerously” by making a slight move to the right as he attempted to overtake on the outside, while Bottas suggested the accident was “completely” the Englishman’s fault.

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But the stewards saw it neither of those ways and took no further action on Sunday night, ruling that “at no time did either car manoeuvre erratically”

3:18 George Russell felt that Valtteri Bottas was to blame for the collision between the two which left both cars out of the race.

Car 77 maintained his line throughout the incident along the right hand side of the dry line, leaving at least a full car’s width to the right at all times.

Car 63 approached with a significant speed advantage. He moved to pass on the right. As the cars approached the kink of turn 1, the gap between them and the righthand side of the track decreased. At no time did either car manoeuvre erratically.

The track appeared to be not especially wet through turn 1 but at the point of closest approach to the right hand side of the track, the right hand side tyres of Car 63 hit an especially damp patch and the car snap yawed, bearing in mind that the car had low downforce in the rear with the DRS open.

The Stewards conclude that the accident was a racing incident considering the conditions and take no further action.

Bottas vs Russell – The crash in video

2:29 George Russell and Valtteri Bottas have a huge coming together which brought out the safety car and left both cars out of the race.

Bottas vs Russell – The crash aftermath in pictures


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