Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was concerned in a high-speed crash© AFP
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was concerned in a high-speed crash with George Russell in Williams throughout the primary race of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Italy on Sunday. Each the drivers had been racing at virtually 300 kmph when their vehicles collided, resulting in the race being suspended. After the crash, the organisers red-flagged the race to clear particles from the circuit. Whereas the precise cause what led to the crash are nonetheless unclear, the replays present Russell coming from behind and tried to overhaul the Mercedes in entrance however the two drivers touched wheels and barged into boundaries. Whereas Bottas was making an attempt to defend his lead, Russell noticed sufficient house on the skin to go previous him however ultimately each the drivers had been left disillusioned and their wrecked vehicles had been lifted off the monitor. Bottas had a disappointing qualifying on Saturday and he began eighth on the grid, whereas Russell could not make the ultimate qualifying, ending on the twelfth spot.
Watch the crash right here:
Russell and Bottas cames collectively!! pic.twitter.com/76vSCmLT0C
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Russell was livid, remonstrating with Bottas earlier than the Finn had even acquired out of his automobile, slapping his helmet.
The air was full of four-letter expletives because the pair let off steam.
The race was instantly suspended as strewn automobile elements had been faraway from the circuit.
The pink flags appeared a lap after a uncommon mistake from Lewis Hamilton noticed the Mercedes world champion hurtle off the circuit right into a gravel pit when positioned second on a tracherous rain-softened monitor.
That uncharacteristic slip-up had left Max Verstappen’s Pink Bull firmly in management from Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari with Hamilton down in ninth.
Half an hour after the suspension, a rolling re-start noticed Verstappen set off in entrance of Leclerc and Lando Norris for McLaren. Hamilton, his automobile repaired, had work to do.
Left within the pits had been Bottas, Russell and Nicholas Latifi within the second Williams whose race had ended on lap two.
Nevertheless, Hamilton got here again strongly to complete second on the rostrum, with Verstappen taking the highest spot.
(With AFP inputs)