One of the weak points of the Williams The racing career to date has been at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix when, on the edge of the points, he slammed into Bottas trying to overtake the Finn, forcing them both to withdraw from the race.
He was furious afterwards, cursing over the team radio, slapping the Mercedes driver on the helmet and criticizing him in his post-race interview.
He later apologized for his behavior, and looking back it all taught him how quickly things can go wrong in sports.
“I guess that was a bit of a reality check,” he told the F1 Nation podcast.
“That in a split second, you could almost go from hero to zero, and your whole perception could potentially be changed, and your whole future could be changed.”
“I think that was a huge lesson for me in how to deal with myself, sort of after the crash and in front of the media. Even the crash itself, how things turned out, whether it’s the right decision to make or not, and just the whole circumstance.
“I would like to think I can look back and say that was an important lesson for me. “
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Russell has been heavily linked with a move to Mercedes over the past year and now looks likely to occupy Bottas’ seat there for 2022 and beyond.
He says that after the Imola incident, while he didn’t think he had done too much damage to the interior of the car, he realized that he could no longer make such mistakes in terms of behavior afterwards if he wanted to have a chance. in a high-end car.
“I think I recognized very, very quickly that I couldn’t afford to make mistakes like that,” he added.
“Everyone has their own opinion, whether it’s their fault or my fault. I obviously have my own views and my own reasoning as to why I went for this.
“But moving is one thing, but how you deal with the consequences of not going your way is also a whole different story. “
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