The Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix stewards have cleared George Russell and Valtteri Bottas of blame for their dramatic collision which caused the race to be stopped.
But after speaking to both and studying footage of the collision, the stewards deemed it was a racing incident and decided not to penalise either of them.
Russell accused Bottas of violating an agreement between drivers not to make sudden moves while being overtaken. But the stewards ruled both drivers behaved correctly.
“Car 63 [Russell] approached car 77 [Bottas] to pass after the front straight a few laps after the restart when DRS had recently been enabled,” the stewards explained. “Car 77 maintained his line throughout the incident along the right hand side of the dry line, leaving at least a full car’s width to the right at all times.
“Car 63 approached with a significant speed advantage. He moved to pass on the right. As the cars approached the kink of turn one, the gap between them and the right hand side of the track decreased. At no time did either car manoeuvre erratically.
“The track appeared to be not especially wet through turn one but at the point of closest approach to the right hand side of the track, the right hand side tyres of car 63 hit an especially damp patch and the car snap-yawed, bearing in mind that the car had low downforce in the rear with the DRS open.
“The stewards conclude that the accident was a racing incident considering the conditions and take no further action.”
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