Bottas missed Russell name, however says Imola dispute ‘finished and dusted’
Valtteri Bottas hasn’t spoken to George Russell after their collision at Imola after lacking a name from the Williams driver, however says he has already moved on from the incident.
Russell and Bottas collided on the run to Tamburello at excessive pace, with Russell furious at what he perceived to be a motion to the suitable from Bottas that brought about the Williams driver to react and lose management on a moist a part of the monitor. The stewards disagreed and took no motion after an investigation, and Russell issued an apology on social media after saying he would name Bottas within the week following the race.
“I heard about his publish and apology, and I learn it,” Bottas mentioned. “However yeah, to be sincere, we haven’t spoken after the race, after the stewards. I did have a missed name on the Monday morning, however I used to be nonetheless sleeping.
“We haven’t spoken, however I’m positive it’s the identical for George — it’s finished and dusted. It’s historical past, and there was no choice by the stewards. George apologized, and time to maneuver on.”
One individual Bottas did converse to was Toto Wolff, who he says can also be eager for the Finn to look forward with a lot of the season nonetheless to run.
“We had a chat afterwards, simply to undergo the state of affairs, as is regular. However, other than that, we agreed to take the positives and study from the negatives and transfer on. It was one to overlook, actually — and one optimistic, for positive, was that it was solely race two of the season and there are 21 to go.”
After slipping 28 factors behind Lewis Hamilton on account of the retirement in Imola, Bottas says there is no such thing as a pre-set quantity that he has to fret about when he could be requested to again up his teammate regardless of the menace from Crimson Bull and Max Verstappen this season.
“We have now no settlement if there’s a sure factors hole, and it’s one thing nobody within the workforce for the time being is considering. It’s simply manner too early. Sure, I’m behind my teammate within the factors now. I need to remind it’s race two out of 23, so it’s not one thing we should always take into consideration in any respect. I’m nonetheless very clear on my goal for the yr, and nonetheless pushing 100% for that. That’s it actually.”