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George Russell

Wolff jokes about Russell's Mercedes future after Bottas crash

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has given his verdict on the incident between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - and hinted at how it could affect Russell's future Mercedes prospects.

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Toto Wolff has jokingly hinted that the incident between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix hasn't exactly done Russell's future Mercedes prospects any good.

Bottas and Russell both crashed out mid-race when a battle for ninth position ended in Russell seemingly losing control and hitting the Mercedes of Bottas. The Williams driver was visibly furious afterwards and accused Bottas of trying to kill them both.

Given that Russell has long been touted as a potential Mercedes driver in coming years after his impressive performance as a stand-in for Lewis Hamilton at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, Wolff teasingly suggested that this might not be on the cards right now.

"I keep teasing him, I've said if he does a good job he can be in a Mercedes, if not we're doing the Renault Clio Cup," Wolff told Sky Sports F1. "Today we are more close to Renault Clio Cup."

On a serious note, Wolff believes that further examination of the incident is needed, though currently thinks there may have been blame on both sides.

"We need to look at it again, because it takes two to tango," the Austrain explained.

"Maybe it's not a 50-50, maybe it's a 60-40, but I wouldn't know in which direction."

Whilst Wolff cited the incident as "not the most happy moment" of the day, he had better things to say about Lewis Hamilton's comeback to second place.

Hamilton's prospects in the Grand Prix looked to be dented when he slid off track and damaged his front wing, yet the Briton managed to work his way back up through the field and also achieved the fastest lap of the race.

"When we thought the race was completely lost, then Lewis' unbelievable driving just saved all of us today," Wolff said.

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