Russell’s conduct after the crash was widely criticized by the public and the F1 media. First the young Briton verbally attacked Bottas, while the Finn was still in his car, and then even ‘tapped’ his helmet before storming off.
He then accussed Bottas of defending his position harder than he would against other drivers, insinuating that the Finn did so because Russell is a candidate for a Mercedes seat in the future.
The Briton later realized his mistake and publicly apologized to Valtteri. Now Lewis Hamilton has chimed in, and praised Russell for realizing his mistake.
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“Naturally, our actions say the most, but the fact is when we are young we make mistakes and in the heat of the moment I think it’s sometimes difficult for people to fully understand,“ Hamilton said.
“When your heart’s at 180 and you go through an adrenaline rush experience like that, you’re not always going to be the way people expect you to be.
“Firstly, the good thing is that they’re both safe, and I think afterwards perhaps he got back to his motorhome and saw exactly what happened and, having had time to cool down and reflect on it, realised his actions weren’t correct.
“Again, it’s not how you fall it’s how you get back. In apologising, that’s the first step and I’m sure he’ll grow from it.”