Bottas and Russell crashed in Sunday’s race at Imola after colliding on the approach to Turn 2 as they contested for ninth position.
Russell quickly won over Bottas in the main straight and moved to the right side of the track in an attempt to pass, only to hit a wet area and lose control of his car.
Russell’s Williams pitched left and into Bottas’ Mercedes, causing extensive damage to both cars and leaving debris strewn across the track, causing a red flag.
The two pilots were quick to blame each other, with Russell claiming Bottas had broken a gentleman’s agreement on minor high-speed movements.
Stewards confirmed shortly after the incident that they would investigate the matter after the race, meeting with both the drivers and representatives of Mercedes and Williams.
In a bulletin issued by the stewards following the meeting, it was confirmed that no further action would be taken after a review of the videos and telemetry of the cars.
Stewards estimated that Bottas “maintained his line throughout the incident along the right side of the dry line, leaving at least a full car width to the right at all times.”
As Russell moved to pass Bottas on the right, “the gap between them and the right side of the track narrowed” leading to the crash.
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12 and George Russell, Williams FW43B
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The flight attendants wrote: “At no time did either of the two cars maneuver erratically. The track did not seem particularly wet in Turn 1, but at the closest approach point to the right side of the track, the tires on the right side of car 63 struck a particularly wet area and the car yawed. , keeping in mind that the car had low downforce at the rear with the DRS open.
“The stewards conclude that the accident was a racing incident given the conditions and take no further action.”
Asked by Autosport about its defense, Bottas denied having broken any agreement between the pilots.
“I don’t see it that way at all, I didn’t make any sudden movements,” Bottas said.
“I think it’s quite clear on board too, I always left a space. No, on my side, it was clean.
“Of course I’m defending, I’m not going to make room for him. But also when I run, I have respect. So I see it differently for him.