“It takes two to tango” – Mercedes F1 team principal Toto Wolff has let his feelings known on the Bottas vs Russell crash in Imola.
Max Verstappen might have won the race and not Lewis Hamilton, but the talking point still remains THIS crash between Hamilton’s current and potential future teammate Valtteri Bottas and George Russell respectively.
Bottas and Russell press conference in Portimao pls 🤓
— Marcel Kiefer (@marcelkiefer_) April 18, 2021
The jury is tightly divided on who caused the crash, with the jury chair Toto Wolff calling it a tie. Safe to say, he wasn’t pleased with either of the senior and junior Mercedes drivers.
“It was a bad shunt. There weren’t a lot of friendly exchanges between the two of them, but we need to look at it again because it takes two to tango.
“Maybe it’s not a 50-50, maybe it’s a 50-40… but I wouldn’t know in which direction.”
Wolff thumbs up to Hamilton, down to Russell
There is a strong possibility of George Russell replacing Valterri Bottas in the coveted Mercedes seat. And the young enigma feels Bottas was out there to “kill” both of them.
Russell on that crash with Bottas 👀🍿 pic.twitter.com/hx9KTHFIUn
— ESPN F1 (@ESPNF1) April 18, 2021
The actions and words of Russell did not impress Wolff one bit, letting him know where he could end up with his temperament. The comments also did well to suggest Russell might indeed get the Merc drive next season.
“I haven’t seen George yet. I keep teasing him saying if he does a good job he can be in a Mercedes, if not he’ll be in the Renault Clio Cup. Today we are more close to the Renault Clio Cup.”
Meanwhile, the Austrian genius was all praise for his favourite Lewis Hamilton, as the reigning champion recovered from a self-crash to finish on the podium. He retains the lead at the top of the standings, courtesy of the fastest lap.
“When we thought the race was completely lost, Lewis’ unbelievable driving just saved all of us today.