How Russell seriously upset Mercedes in huge Bottas F1 crash

19 apr 2021
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When the F1 stewards declared the massive accident between George Russell and Valtteri Bottas at Imola a racing incident, that could have been the end of it. But both drivers didn’t want to leave it there, and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff even voiced his displeasure. Against a backdrop of Mercedes’ uncertain 2022 driver line-up plans - which will affect both Bottas and Russell next year - Scott Mitchell explains all the key details of what happened during the crash and why the post-race fallout was so acrimonious
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  • I never rated Russell

    Simon EvansSimon Evans14 tundi tagasi
  • Toto is sore but can afford to fix it and likely merc will win 2021. Bottas needs to convert poles to podiums. George - well stay in will/merc if they respect your talent or move if they don't. We'll be seeing you in f1 for a while me thinks.

    silverlitewaysilverlitewayPäev tagasi
  • For god's sake give George a better seat. Hamilton never got this kind of handicap in his F1 career - he had 100% cotton wool privilege from day 1

    chumleyokchumleyok2 päeva tagasi
  • he didn't put his tyres on the grass, that just what happens when slicks run over standing water... it's not Russel's fault the closing speeds are dangerously high

    George HoltGeorge Holt3 päeva tagasi
  • A Williams trying to overtake a Mercedes. Nothing odd

    Umer90o7Umer90o73 päeva tagasi
  • wow, seems like people just shouldn't race when they come up against a Mercedes. He is over taking botas , gets pushed outside, hits wet grass, accident then happened. Mercedes should be more worried about, like what was stated, that Russell shouldn't been in a position to take over botas in the first place. I would look at that Russell was driving great , was over taking and was pushed outside by botas . Wolff acts like because it is Mercedes Russell should have done nothing, its Mercedes , we are gods. REALLY? How political and un race like has the sport become? Give me the old days of F1.

    redtestaredtesta4 päeva tagasi
  • Imagine going for a gap that’s there. Guess Wolff doesn’t like people being racing drivers anymore. Honestly, wolff isn’t a driver, his opinion shouldn’t matter. Hopefully Russell doesn’t go to that team now otherwise he wouldn’t be allowed to be a racing driver. Disgrace.

    RyanMK666RyanMK6665 päeva tagasi
  • Toto is so dumb, This is why F1 is considered a lower tier racing series in the US, If you do not allow the drivers to actually race then why are you even there? Like if that happened to an American driver they would leave F1 to go somewhere they can actually race with actual competition. F1 is more like a glorified parade of open wheel cars

    krk1291krk12915 päeva tagasi
  • Russel is racing for another team, and not for Mercedes...if he needs to prove himself, Russel needs to be successful. There is nothing wrong with Russel but Bottas did squeeze him to the grass.

    Prashob C VPrashob C V5 päeva tagasi
  • Can you fecking learn how to pronounce Toto surname correctly such if big ignorance!!!

    Paweł KozinskiPaweł Kozinski5 päeva tagasi
  • Haha and it happened at the corner senna passing in 1994. He must have been awaken from his grave after that loud bang.

    szewei1985szewei19856 päeva tagasi
  • We all want to watch f1 RACE not some politics about some shine mercedes being crashed in the real race.That is the point of the sport!

    Milos LMilos L7 päeva tagasi
  • Wolff’s statements demonstrate a lack of integrity. Russell is paid by Williams to perform for Williams. Imagine if this were manufacturing or finance. Russell should see this as a red flag.

    Jim BondsJim Bonds8 päeva tagasi
  • I'd call it a racing incident and Russell made a mistake loosing control of his car but.... If Mercedes want any driver they've dangled a carrot for to play gentle with them they're making a bigger mistake. It's called racing not politics.

    Jonathan TatlerJonathan Tatler8 päeva tagasi
    • Bottas end up so far back that Russell had the chance to overtake. Don't tell a racer not to race, that's not right.

      soiung toiuesoiung toiue7 päeva tagasi
  • the move from russel was riski but bottas defending was also dangouruse so i would say russel made a riski overtake and bottas made a riski defending. if there where no rain bottas could have defendet like this but in rain it was to dangouruse

    WaSd_ SelefWaSd_ Selef8 päeva tagasi
  • Bottas has become a mobile chicane. Never had an accident but seen loads.

    David ElliottDavid Elliott9 päeva tagasi
  • What’s the point of Staying in F1 if no one is willing to give you a chance, some had to find success in other series

    skeleguns 10,ooo,oooskeleguns 10,ooo,ooo9 päeva tagasi
  • He saw a chance, he took it, it went wrong, it happens...if he had stuck it, people would be going mad about what a great move it was. If wolf does decide against russel because if this, then he is a fool

    BogersBogers9 päeva tagasi
  • If wolf had his way there’d be 20 Mercedes out there every race finishing in the order he told them to

    ceerw butyceerw buty10 päeva tagasi
  • This is like my future boss declining my request for annual leave in my current job

    bocoy noiubocoy noiu10 päeva tagasi
  • Russell wanted Bottas to be gentle on him, when Bottas fought back, Russell lost it, end of story.

    Hanabi SenjuHanabi Senju11 päeva tagasi
  • I love Toto, but he is a real Tot in the case. This is why f1 is feeling useless to watch.... if the stewarts dont determine the winner, then the team bosses do. We want to see racing you tots

    TB SATB SA11 päeva tagasi
    • makes him seem petty considering that neither were fighting for points and defending that harshly on a fast straight is just pure garbage.

      ceerw butyceerw buty10 päeva tagasi
  • Whatever, Bottas is shit compared to Russel and thats it

    Levente JávoriLevente Jávori11 päeva tagasi
    • It is clearly Russel fault. Because he the one hit bottas

      bocoy noiubocoy noiu10 päeva tagasi
  • Just imagine: Russell's tweet about driver who defend should think about conditions, so he literally took all the responsibility on Bottas. Men, u r overtaking, its yours concerns about lines and conditions! Everyone here are for George, cuz he was almost overtake a mercedes, what a yoke!

    MARTYN \MARTYN \11 päeva tagasi
  • Personally. I think Bottas couldn’t stand see a Williams overtake him. It was all for the 2022 seat ladies and gents.

    Liam ChicoineLiam Chicoine11 päeva tagasi
  • A bit arrogant for Wolf to expect his cars to be treated differently by a die hard racer 👎🏿

    MzeeMoja1MzeeMoja112 päeva tagasi
  • F1 has become such rubbish that last few months I have been watching season reviews from 80s and 90s, far more entertaining than F1 now days.

    Googl ReviewsGoogl Reviews12 päeva tagasi
  • Mercedes are freaking bullies and manipulative

    Jamal MoussaJamal Moussa12 päeva tagasi
  • Holy shit I just realised how far off they spun from the moment they came together, that's a long way

    Rock girlRock girl12 päeva tagasi
  • I think rather than Toto focusing on Russell, and saying "You should race Mercedes differently and shouldn't go for moves like that" he should instead focus on how on earth did Bottas end up so far back that Russell had the chance to overtake. Don't tell a racer not to race, that's not right.

    SyilithSNSyilithSN12 päeva tagasi
  • The big question is... How did a Williams even get close to a Mercedes let alone potentially past one

    barry Farrellbarry Farrell12 päeva tagasi
  • It is an accident, you managed to get out first then go to the other car and see if the other driver is all right - btw, u Russell, lost control of your car, NOT Bottas. Toto is happy as he now has added strong reason not to take Russell next season - not an arrogant driver into Mercedes..

    ar halimiar halimi12 päeva tagasi
    • particularly if he’s still under 25.

      Rock girlRock girl12 päeva tagasi
  • Yoo so Russell Verstappen Redbull ye?!

    redcobra1246redcobra124612 päeva tagasi
  • This is why Hamilton always does so well, I forgot that you're not allowed to pass a Mercedes.

    dcoog anmldcoog anml12 päeva tagasi
    • This is like my future boss declining my request for annual leave in my current job

      bocoy noiubocoy noiu8 päeva tagasi
  • I’m surprised that toto, being the older man, told Russell that he had to race a Mercedes differently. I’m not to sure on what that means but we want to see a race, not a free win.

    Fallen_Fallen_13 päeva tagasi
  • Wolff has a right to be pissed at Russell because he took a risk that resulted the destruction of a Mercedes car, however he should also acknowledge that this makes Russell a ballsy driver that is worthy of a seat racing for Mercedes

    Mathew HealeyMathew Healey13 päeva tagasi
  • Bottas has a FU attitude because of his teammate...and clearly the #2.....and no race driver wants to be the #2.......Wolf is being a douche by making those comments. It really makes him seem petty considering that neither were fighting for points and defending that harshly on a fast straight is just pure garbage.

    OoogaBoogOoogaBoog13 päeva tagasi
    • @dcoog anml I have no idea what you're trying to say here. Could you elaborate?

      OoogaBoogOoogaBoog12 päeva tagasi
    • What kind of bullshit is he should approach the Mercedes differently

      dcoog anmldcoog anml12 päeva tagasi
  • It is clearly Russel fault. Because he the one hit bottas

    Haiqal ReezalHaiqal Reezal13 päeva tagasi
  • God that Morrison advert on here is scary that a man is allowed to look like that but call its self a girl!

    TruthTruth14 päeva tagasi
  • I hate to say it but it was Russell’s fault

    TruthTruth14 päeva tagasi
  • 2022, new regulations. Wolf punishes Russell because of this and leave Bottas in the team. Russell stays at Williams, that makes the best car, and wins the championship. Wouldn’t it be nice?

    David MartinsDavid Martins14 päeva tagasi
  • Holy shit I just realised how far off they spun from the moment they came together, that's a long way

    seeni gztyseeni gzty14 päeva tagasi
  • Weeeeeeeeh me mercedes weeeh weeh baby me mercedes boss weeeh

    Julian ZbnJulian Zbn14 päeva tagasi
  • Bottas giving the title to Hamilton every year and surely he deserves 1 or even 2 championships while Russell is at Williams right now... I understand the anger from both drivers but Russell must respect or watch the replay before walking close to bottas and talk like that, after all it was his fault bottas did nothing wrong. And for the smart guys nobody sayed that russell wasn't allowed to pass bottas o Mercedes, but he was selfish and tried to pass him the wrong time.

    CarKeyNosGRCarKeyNosGR14 päeva tagasi
  • Let’s be honest, Bottas could have moved over for Russell but he didn’t, because he didn’t want to be over taken by a Williams car, and by the driver who could potentially replace him next year, so Bottas gave Russel no room, concluding in them both out of the race, Bottas knew exactly what he was doing but couldn’t handle the truth. And at the end of the day, should you really be driving for Mercedes if your competing with a Williams car?

    Finerzz 13Finerzz 1315 päeva tagasi
    • have a seat in Mercedes next year”. Pretty sure there are many teams who would take on Russell.

      seeni gztyseeni gzty14 päeva tagasi
  • He should have handled it differently because it was a Mercedes? Who the fuck are you? You think you are special?

    john doejohn doe15 päeva tagasi
    • management for attempted race fixing.

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni14 päeva tagasi
  • I reckon that feller who tried to overtake on the shoulder will be gettin’ a ticket from the authorities and a hefty fine in traffic court. His insurance is probably going up after this, particularly if he’s still under 25.

    teo delfuegoteo delfuego15 päeva tagasi
    • As a non follower of F1 I thought the whole point of racing was to try and finish first, and that means overtaking all the other racers. I dunno, maybe I’m being a bit thick here.

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni14 päeva tagasi
  • Just an idea, but maybe Bottas should have stayed on his line with faster cars pulling up behind him while he’s trying to warm up the tires that weren’t working right for him all weekend anyways? I’m sure Russel would have let Bottas by later once speeds matched expectations.

    ZaylenThePotatoZaylenThePotato15 päeva tagasi
  • Sooooo... what I hear from this: Russell isn’t allowed to pass a merc if he wishes to race one in the future. “If he’s good he will drive a merc”but he’s not allowed to prove he is a good driver?

    Rohan ThomasRohan Thomas15 päeva tagasi
  • bottas flinched. that's a fact. russel has to know that he can't go on the grass.. either there is a gap or there isn't.

    Kevin SchartKevin Schart15 päeva tagasi
  • “If you no longer go for a gap which exists you are no longer a racing driver” - Ayrton Senna

    Ailsa NiAilsa Ni15 päeva tagasi
  • What kind of bullshit is he should approach the Mercedes differently

    Shush 797Shush 79715 päeva tagasi
  • So basically Wolff is telling a racing driver no to race.....right,

    Gavin CollinsGavin Collins15 päeva tagasi
  • I think that vallteri should have been a bit more carefull arond russel becuase he is a semi rookie

    sarah coopersarah cooper15 päeva tagasi
    • gain of his own had it come off clean, he pushed the rookie beyond limits, when he is expected to be more knowledgeable and more skilled and fully understand what he's

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni15 päeva tagasi
  • Goes to show the condition of racing nowadays, would not be this big of a deal 20 years ago when it was not entirely about money and power. what's the point of racing if you have to make special conditions for certain cars, then get essentially bullied by an opposing team when you are competing to be the best out there.

    Tim HTim H15 päeva tagasi
  • Russell will end up with the seat and Bottas will go to somewhere like Renault

    Tanvir HussainTanvir Hussain16 päeva tagasi
  • I don't see what's Toto mad about. The red flag is the reason Hamilton arrived in second place...

    capreracaprera16 päeva tagasi
  • it was a racing incident, Wolf obviously isn't happy due to the financial implication, as well as possible points loss and is inserting his authority as a Team principal and leader in the sport. I personally don't see that either driver did anything wrong per se and to have a team principal state that a young driver should have a global view and race differently against his vehicles is a massive issue for the sport. With that statement Wolf is coming across spoilt and overly controlling, I mean for ten years Mercedes have been spending over 300 million a year to race and suddenly in it's an issue to rebuild a car, sound more like it's my ball, you're not playing...

    Andrew RudolfAndrew Rudolf16 päeva tagasi
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    My GallariMy Gallari16 päeva tagasi
  • I don’t agree with the comments about approaching a Mercedes car differently. He’s driving for Williams. You can’t use the whole “you need to treat us differently or you won’t have a seat in Mercedes next year”. Pretty sure there are many teams who would take on Russell.

    Shane WShane W16 päeva tagasi
  • i just love how cocky mercedes team is. i guess it comes with the trophy

    D VD V16 päeva tagasi
  • As a non follower of F1 I thought the whole point of racing was to try and finish first, and that means overtaking all the other racers. I dunno, maybe I’m being a bit thick here.

    Roger LordRoger Lord16 päeva tagasi
  • Is it a race or a procession? Part of the Mercedes Young Driver Program or not. They put him in a Williams car, they should let him race. Toto should be up in front of the F1 management for attempted race fixing.

    david robinsondavid robinson16 päeva tagasi
    • And I'm a Mercedes team fan.

      david robinsondavid robinson16 päeva tagasi
  • The politics are such a turn off.

    N91N9116 päeva tagasi
  • That is the main overtaking place on this track and many overtakes were completed there during the race. Knowing Russell was in a position to challenge him, Bottas would have been watching the attack develop behind him and seen Russell coming at an enormous closing speed. Yet he still elected to move late, albeit only slightly, to the right. What would Toto expect Russell to do when already committed at that closing speed - evaporate? Russell had no choice but move right to avoid Bottas' drift and swerving at 200mph was always likely to result in him touching the grass. The accident was the direct result of Russell's loss of control from wet grass - he didn't just "drive" into Bottas. Would Toto really want Russell in a Mercedes if he was not prepared to race hard against all other cars? Would he have expected Lewis not to challenge Bottas in those circumstances and what do you think would be Lewis' response if he did? Each driver may set their defence and then they have to stick with it; sitting in the middle of the road to defend is legitimate but if you move from there you must give the challenger space. Bottas at fault in my book (and I have always respected him).

    John BolwellJohn Bolwell17 päeva tagasi
  • George Russell is a pompous little git. I cannot stand him I hope he doesn’t become a world champion in F1. Something about him really doesn’t sit right with me. Lando Norris all the way 🇬🇧

    ScottishScottish17 päeva tagasi
  • 1) Your graphic does not show that Bottas made any small movement, but from the videos it looks like he did. 2) Bottas would see that he is getting passed and made a conscious choice to keep his fading line and squeeze Russell to the right. 3) Russell had a little more room, but likely jerked right due to the Bottas movement. I believe that it is a racing incident, but I believe at least half the fault goes to Bottas. I agree with others, in the thread, that Wolff is overreaching his Mercedes influence over Russell, unless he made similar comments to Bottas, which there is no evidence he had. I expect Wolff is influenced by his disappointment of Bottas and his cars performance and projecting it on Russell. It's interesting it was directed to the driver and not the team. Is this his mentorship style?

    Eric LEric L17 päeva tagasi
  • Russel isn’t fit to drive for Haas. Collateral damage of a malignant narcissist lunatic.

    spideydoublespideydouble17 päeva tagasi
  • toto's obviously wrong, and i knew mercedes would really have no argument other than "thou shalt yield to mercedes." bottas asked for that collision and he got it: for no real gain of his own had it come off clean, he pushed the rookie beyond limits, when he is expected to be more knowledgeable and more skilled and fully understand what he's doing and to who. mercedes is just hanging the rookie out to dry, for the crime of using DRS as intended, the only mechanism that removes a shred of the immense boredom of F1's current aero nightmare.

    jonsjons17 päeva tagasi
  • The reason it happened is because Russell hit a wet spot and the white line which caused him to spin

    SprayZSprayZ17 päeva tagasi
  • Just another excuse not to put him in a Mercedes. The real reason is he could mean trouble for Hamilton.

    K4lr0bK4lr0b17 päeva tagasi
  • This is why Hamilton always does so well, I forgot that you're not allowed to pass a Mercedes.

    TrinkXiTrinkXi17 päeva tagasi
    • Oh Yh I forgot how many times we have heard Red Bull tell verstappen to not pass Hamilton 🤡😂 they win cause they have a faster engine and 2 of the better drivers on the grid

      Cayenne ConnewCayenne Connew16 päeva tagasi
  • Wow😂 The fact that Toto is moaning at George for attempting a good overtake in a race is a joke. Maybe he should be more concerned about why Bottas in a Mercedes was about to be overtaken by the little old rookie in a Williams 🤷‍♂️

    Tyla RichardsonTyla Richardson17 päeva tagasi
  • Grand Prix Racing…… it’s a race where you try your best to finish as high a position as possible. If Bottas had acted safely when he obviously knew Russel had him & stayed left the crash wouldn’t have happened & Bottas could have tried to get the position back……. That’s what I’d call racing in a safe way. Bottas caused the situation to arise….. he did a slight twitch & Russel naturally flinched, touched the grass…… rest is history. How would you have reacted Wolfman if you were in Russell’s car? Not try the overtake?…… I don’t think so!

    Harry BinnieHarry Binnie17 päeva tagasi
  • The politics as usual is bollocks, you just race.

    Broncho GillespieBroncho Gillespie18 päeva tagasi
  • By being a racing driver means you are racing with other people. And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver because we are competing, we are competing to win. And the main motivation to all of us is to compete for victory, it's not to come 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th. - Senna

    Quentin JacksonQuentin Jackson18 päeva tagasi
  • Lets call it what it is. Toto instruction is basically race fixing! And I wonder how many other drivers are in the same position. There should be an FIA investigation into race fixing when it comes to drivers in team programs.

    Visit DhiffushiVisit Dhiffushi18 päeva tagasi
  • Toto should be brought before the governing body and charged with interfering with the potential results of races! If he is demanding Russel does not race his drivers! Russelmd4ives for William's and neither he or any team has a legal.right to instruct what another team driver does or doesnt do.

    Visit DhiffushiVisit Dhiffushi18 päeva tagasi
  • Yeah but if Russell didn’t crash Lewis wouldn’t have been able to unlap himself and make it to 2nd. So they could have lost those points.

    Adam CartwrightAdam Cartwright18 päeva tagasi
  • Saying he was trying to make a point he saw a racer Infront and wanted to overtake him

    Thomas BentonThomas Benton18 päeva tagasi
  • Oh shit so 4 drivers per team didn’t know they added that for the new season !! 😂

    william langloiswilliam langlois18 päeva tagasi
  • Why would he approach a mercedes differently? They’re racing, no?

    uveruver18 päeva tagasi
  • I think bottas could have given him more space. Both are responsible of the accident, not just Russell.

    Pepe PerezPepe Perez18 päeva tagasi
  • So Wolff's asking another team's driver to not be too competitive against his own? Russell totally screwed this one, and showed an unpleasant attitude after, but Mercedes need to drop this sense of entitlement.

    ExasperantExasperant18 päeva tagasi
  • Netflix is going to make this look like ww3 on dts 😂

    Chris shoults 21Chris shoults 2118 päeva tagasi
  • we might as well not have races, just qualifying so no one cold crash into no one

    1389138918 päeva tagasi
  • If he had succeeded then he had beat Bottas for the 2nd seat of mercedes. Offcourse he wanted to proof he is worthy of the 2nd mercedes seat. And off-course Wolff and Bottas saw THAT global perspective in the decision to overtake. However Russell failed, Some decision are just make or break, and you have to live with the outcome.

    Rob MusRob Mus18 päeva tagasi
  • I like toto but the Russell is a racer and the move was on, it didn’t work out that is racing let’s move on.

    Omari BrambleOmari Bramble18 päeva tagasi
  • It was a straight, and Russell was faster, he did what he should

    Cristian RuedaCristian Rueda18 päeva tagasi
  • So Russell has the run in Bottas and is just supposed to what? Brake and not pass him?

    Modern Warrior SystemsModern Warrior Systems19 päeva tagasi
  • Tbh with the new regulations coming in next year the gap between the top and the bottom of the pack is going to be seriously reduced. So who knows russell might not even go to mercedes and start running a riot in williams next season and take it mercedes.

    andrew mccuskerandrew mccusker19 päeva tagasi
  • Had the substantially faster Russell held back from attacking & passing the Merc there would have been howls of "what's he doing? pass him already!" from the Williams pit wall. These kinds of racing incidents pop up all the time in every class & category of motor sport. If Wolff was not playing motorsport step-father to a Williams driver this argument would still have been as acrimonious, it just would not have ended with Wolff chiding the faster racer on the day, one who he just happens to pay. Racers who aren't taking chances aren't winning titles - Wolff knows this - Williams knows this & Bottas knows this, he also knows that Russell will replace him. Wolff knows this - Russell knows this etc. etc. etc. Final thought - put Senna, Prost, Schumacher sr., or Mansell in that Williams & see how many times Bottas didn't get his feels hurt.

    Cit CollinsCit Collins19 päeva tagasi
  • To me, he going over the grass to overtake already make him wrong on that because he are a racing driver, he knew that the grass was wet and about this being a dangerous move.

    Eduardo HillebrandEduardo Hillebrand19 päeva tagasi
  • Maybe Wolff orchestrated the accident to get Hamilton back on the podium.

    Pieter Van BredaPieter Van Breda19 päeva tagasi
  • russel went high five for bottas

    Teniola OderindeTeniola Oderinde19 päeva tagasi
  • It's a mistake to equate Toto with a racing mentor. He is an investor and practically a CEO, no different from Flavio Briatore. He will do whatever is possible in the interest of profits for the Mercedes F1 Team.

    Chua JantzenChua Jantzen19 päeva tagasi
  • That's a huge: "Look kiddo - I'm the boss! End of conversation"

    ClemensAliveClemensAlive19 päeva tagasi
    • @tam thuong Mercedes fanboy

      Angelo BolsiAngelo Bolsi16 päeva tagasi
    • I think he’s just more disappointed with it cause he is close with Russell

      Cayenne ConnewCayenne Connew16 päeva tagasi
    • ok

      tam tritam tri17 päeva tagasi
    • ok

      tam thuongtam thuong18 päeva tagasi
  • Well... what Wolff said was kind of “anyone who dares to try to overtake a slower Mercedes is committing an error they are coming to pay dearly”. It is arrogant and mafia-like.

    giannapplegiannapple19 päeva tagasi
  • Bullshit this accident is framed by merce so lewis Hamilton can get back the lap lost due to his error

    Salahadin AbdulahiSalahadin Abdulahi19 päeva tagasi