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Lewis Hamilton has taken to social media again to send words of encouragement to George Russell. The youngster had a huge collision with Valtteri Bottas during the Emilia Romagna GP.
The two collided on lap 32 on the approach to Tamburello, with both cars spinning into the barriers, leaving a trail of debris bringing out the red flag.
Russell has sent an apology – acknowledging that he should have “handled the whole situation better”.
“Emotions can run high in the heat of the moment and yesterday mine got the better of me,” Russell added. “I apologise to Valtteri, to my team and to anyone who felt let down by my actions. That’s not who I am and I expect more from myself, as I know others expect more from me.
“I’ve learned some tough lessons this weekend and will come out of this a better driver and a better person for the experience. Now it’s full focus on Portugal and a chance to show what I’m really about. Thanks for all the messages, both positive and negative. They will all help me to grow.”
Commenting on Russell’s Instagram post, seven-time world champion Hamilton offered his support to his young compatriot.
“Strength comes from vulnerability,” Hamilton wrote. “If you don’t make the mistake you can never learn the lesson. Respect for taking responsibility. On to the next one.”