Lewis Hamilton offers words of encouragement to George Russell

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After George Russell issued a public apology for his conduct after his crash with Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton was quick to offer words of encouragement.

Valtteri Bottas and George Russell were involved in a huge crash at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. After the incident, George walked over to the Finn’s car to voice his displeasure with what just happened. He was greeted by a one-finger salute from Bottas, and then he proceeded to ‘tap’ Valtteri’s helmet, before storming off.

Later George accused Bottas of being more aggressive when defending against him, than he would be against other drivers, implying this was because he is considered a possible candidate for a Mercedes seat in 2022.

Ultimately, Russell realized his mistake, acknowledged that Bottas was not to blame for the incident and then publicly apologized to the Finn for his conduct.

Lewis Hamilton has obviously seen the apology on social media, and immediately replied with words of encouragement.

“Strength comes from vulnerability,” Lewis wrote.

“If you don’t make the mistake you can never learn the lesson. Respect for taking responsibility. Onto the next one.”

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It’s interesting to note that earlier in the weekend Lewis also offered words of support to McLaren’s Lando Norris, after the young Briton’s pole-setting time got deleted due to him exceeding track limits. This meant he would be starting the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix from P7.

After qualifying Norris apologized to his team on social media.

“Inches away from P3. My mistake,” Norris wrote.

“I misjudged it and the time was deleted. Sorry to everyone at McLaren, I effed up, you deserve better.”

This prompted Lewis to reply with some words of encouragement.

“Nobody can knock you for giving it your all,” wrote Hamilton.

“Amazing lap, it’s great to see you and the team shine. Move on, let’s race.”

And race they did, as Lewis overtook Norris in the final laps of the grand prix to take P2. After the race the two drivers hugged.

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