George Russell has apologised to Valtteri Bottas for their high-speed crash during Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, admitting he took a risk that “didn’t pay off”.
Russell collided with Bottas at they battled for ninth place, attempting to overtake the Finn around the outside at Turn 2.
The Williams driver lost control after touching the grass and veered into Bottas, resulting in a dramatic incident that put both drivers out of the race.
After extracting himself from the cockpit, Russell marched over to Bottas’ car and let his feelings be known, later suggesting Bottas deliberately squeezed him off the track.
But having had time to reflect on the collision, Russell accepted responsibility on his part as he posted an apology on social media.
Conceding he hadn’t behaved in the right manner, the Briton said his emotions had “got the better me” in the heat of the moment.
“Yesterday wasn’t my proudest day,” he said. “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 l have to take responsibility for that.
“Having had time to 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. I apologise to Valtteri, to my team and to 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.”