Valtteri Bottas can now laugh at his incident with George Russell

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Valtteri Bottas talks about the bad luck he experienced in Formula 1, and says he can now laugh at the brutal collision he had with George Russell at Imola.

In an interview with Hypebeast Valtteri Bottas was asked about the unlucky situations had in Formula 1, like getting Ferrari debris stuck under his car at Imola in 2020, or incidents where a pit stop mistake costs him a good result, like in Monaco this year.

“It’s not fun,” the Finn said.

“Sometimes I don’t know if I should cry or laugh because it almost feels like there’s been an incredible amount of bad luck happening.

“But you know, what can you do? Sometimes there’ll be things you can’t affect so you just need to try and move on.

“What hurts the most is if I make a mistake myself and if I have a bad weekend, because I haven’t performed at the level I should be performing at.

“That’s more painful and I am always trying to learn from each situation. It’s not been the best season with mixed results and lacking pace, but here we are and there’s still a long, long year ahead.


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Bottas was also asked about his collision with George Russell at this year’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, that led to the young Briton hitting his helmet in frustration.

“It wasn’t fun. You know I can laugh about it now but luckily nothing happened.

“In those kinds of speeds and on that track where there’s not really that much of a runoff area when you become a passenger, you’re just waiting for the impact.

“You don’t know where you’re going to end up. You can’t control the car and what you’re going to hit next or which way to go so it’s not fun.

“But luckily, the final hit into the barrier was straight on and it was quite a big barrier, so it definitely took some of the energy away. It could’ve been worse, but it’s not great.

“When you’re caught in that situation, you basically say ‘Oh shit’ and wait for the impact,” concluded Bottas.

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