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Mercedes trying to save Bottas' engine after 30G crash

While Valtteri Bottas was able to walk away relatively unscathed from his accident at Imola, the same can't be said for his W12. The Mercedes car suffered quite a bit of damage with engineering director Andrew Shovlin stating the team are assessing what parts can be salvaged.

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Mercedes are hard at work trying to salvage what they can from Valtteri Bottas' W12 after his massive crash at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with engineer director Andrew Shovlin revealing the impact reached as much as 30G.

The Finn came together with George Russell in spectacular fashion heading into Tamburello as the Williams driver tried to go around the outside. Unfortunately Russell's right tyres touched the damp grass, sending his car into the Mercedes with both cars hitting the wall at high speeds.

Shovlin says Mercedes are doing what they can in an attempt to salvage some of the car, including the power unit, ahead of the Portuguese Grand Prix.

"As much as we like our car, we like Valtteri more and happily he was able to come out of that with not much more than a bruised knee from the impact," Shovlin explained in a Mercedes YouTube video. "But it was a big crash, we were seeing around 30G at points in his trip around the walls and the track.

"Unfortunately, the car has not done quite so well. There is a fair amount of damage to that. We have managed to bring a lot of it back to the UK, we got the power unit at Brixworth where that's being checked and inspected carefully and we will just pick through this and some of the bits we might be able to salvage.

"Unfortunately, quite a lot of it is damaged beyond repair and we are just looking at a logistics plan to try and be able to get sufficient parts to Portimão, which is the week after next, to make sure we can run both cars in the correct spec.”

RN365 News dossier F1 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

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