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Valtteri Bottas

Russell apologises to Bottas: I expect more from myself

Having slept on the matter overnight, George Russell has backtracked on comments he made regarding the accident that took him and Valtteri Bottas out of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

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George Russell has apologised to Valtteri Bottas following their crash at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with the Williams driver stating he should have handled the situation better.

The two drivers came together at high speeds while battling for position at Imola, with Russell angrily making his way over to the Mercedes driver in the immediate aftermath. Words were exchanged between the two, but the Williams driver has backtracked on his comments by stating he takes responsibility for his actions as he's learned a tough lesson from the incident.

"Yesterday wasn't my proudest moment," Russell wrote on Twitter. "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 us right now, sometimes you take risks.

"It didn't pay off and I 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 that I'm really about. Thanks for all the messages, both positive and negative. They will all help me to grow."

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