The collision between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell in Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix may have an effect on Mercedes’ plans for creating their Formula One automobile this season, in line with crew boss Toto Wolff.
The high-speed crash at Italy’s Imola circuit wrecked each Bottas’s Mercedes and Russell’s Williams, although each drivers weren’t injured. Stewards declared it a racing incident.
“The whole situation is absolutely not amusing for us, to be honest,” Wolff advised reporters.
“It’s fairly a giant shunt. Our automobile is a write-off in a price cap atmosphere; that’s actually not what we would have liked. And in all probability it’s going to restrict upgrades that we’re in a position to do.
“We are very stretched on value cap, and what we all the time feared is a complete write-off of a automobile. This one is just not going to be a complete write-off, however virtually, and that isn’t one thing we actually needed.”
Wolff stated he would converse to Russell and make his level.
Formula One launched a $145 million cap this season and champions Mercedes, one of many largest groups, have needed to reduce prices considerably though the cap doesn’t embody driver salaries.
Russell, 23, stood in for Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain final 12 months when Mercedes’ seven-times world champion examined constructive for COVID-19, and the rising star is seen as a future Mercedes driver.
His state of affairs, and the likelihood he may at some point be part of or substitute Bottas within the champions’ line-up, added piquancy to the Imola incident.
Wolff made clear he felt the teen ought to have been extra cautious as he tried to go the Finn for ninth place on a drying monitor with damp patches on the margins.
“The whole situation should have never happened. Valtteri had a bad first 30 laps and shouldn’t have been there. But George should have never launched into this manoeuvre, considering that the track was drying up,” he stated.
“It meant taking risks, and the other car is a Mercedes in front of him. In any driver’s development, for a young driver, you must never lose this global perspective. So, lots to learn for him I guess.”
Speaking to Sky Sports tv after the race, Wolff joked about Russell’s future.
“I keep teasing him saying if he does a good job he can be in a Mercedes, if not we’ll be in the Renault Clio Cup,” stated the Austrian. “Today we are more close to the Renault Clio Cup.”
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