Bottas Says He Can Now Laugh About High-Speed Crash With Russell

Valtteri Bottas' Mercedes at Imola after his crash with George Russell -

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has said that he can now laugh about the high-speed collision he suffered at the 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The crash occurred as George Russell was trying to overtake Bottas for P9 on the run down to turn one, but the Williams driver lost control of his car after touching the grass.

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This resulted in him crashing into the Finnish driver and led to both of them retiring from the grand prix after hitting the barriers.

Following the crash, Russell was clearly furious with Bottas, and he slapped his helmet while the Finn was still sitting in his wrecked car.

Commenting on the incident this week, Bottas said he can now laugh about the crash and was grateful that he was able to walk away from such a high-speed impact with the barrier.

“It wasn’t fun. You know, I can laugh about it now but luckily nothing [serious] happened,” Bottas said.

“At those kinds of speeds and on that track where there’s not really that much of a run-off area when you become a passenger, you’re just waiting for the impact.

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“You don’t know where you will end up. You can’t control the car and what you’re going to hit next or which way to go, so it’s not fun.

“But luckily, the final hit into the barrier was straight on and it was quite a big barrier, so it definitely took some of the energy away.

“It could have been worse, but it’s not great. When you are caught in that situation, you basically say ‘oh sh*t’ and wait for the impact,” he added.

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