After an eventful F1 battle Royale between George Russell and Valtteri Bottas at Imola, we look at why Russell can do without Mercedes AMG F1, along with Toto Wolff’s scathing and uncalled for comments – The cold war era was one where Russia invaded and subjugated some smaller eastern European states and persuaded to hate ‘The West’ on the other side of the iron curtain.
Well, the Beast from the East is beginning to blow across the F1 paddock as world class wind up expert Christian Horner is set to regularly poke the all dominant Toto who is used to having things all his own way.
Given Geroge Russell’s incredible drive for Mercedes when poor Lulu got sick with Covid-19 last year, Mercedes should’ve booted out the hapless out of contract ‘Valerie’ and recruited Russell as the future beyond Lord Lewis.
Yet they did not. Leaving a driver clearly quicker than Badass Valerie to rot in F1’s second worst team. Haas are the worst team – just in case nobody noticed. Haas rhymes with arse (ass) by the way. Just saying.
Haas F1 took big bucks from their new rookie drivers’ sponsors and then decided to spend sweet FA on this year’s car and save it and the interest to fund the assault on P9 in 2022.
Now being forced into a 3rd year at Williams when he knows he is better than that, George is most probably simmering below the surface over his ‘development’ by Mercedes.
The rumblings of injustice exploded with volcanic spectacularly in Imola at the weekend. Following their dramatic coming together, Russell called Bottas a “fucking prick” and stormed over to ask the winded Finn “are you trying to fucking kill us both”?
Valerie flicked the bird at him, so George bitch slapped him with the backhand of his driving club.
It was Russell’s comments after the race, which raised an eyebrow or two in the paddock. He accused Bottas of driving differently when he saw it was George’s Williams about to fly past. The implication is that Bottas knows Russell is lined up for his seat and was desperate to particularly defend extra strong to deny George bragging rights.
This accusation got to Toto who bluntly responded that Russell was talking “bullshit”. The Mercedes boss added, “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.”
This will surely incense Russell further, given he believes he should be in the Mercedes AMG F1 team right now.
Unless Mercedes give George a contract for the big team for 2022, he will surely start to look elsewhere for his future. But where could that be?
Had the stewards enforced the ‘safe return’ to the track regulations, Hamilton would’ve been sanctioned heavily possibly even demoted from the points – or given a race ending stop and go penalty.
This would’ve seen Russell would have do for two Mercedes AMG F1 drivers on the same lap.
Further as Toto codedly suggested of Russell’s on track move. “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.”
Decrypted. If you want to stay in the Mercedes programme – think hard about who is the hand that feeds you.
As if to add insult to injury Toto observed, “Our car is almost a write-off in a cost-cap environment that is certainly what we needed, and probably it’s going to limit upgrades that we’re able to do.”
When presented with Wolff’s comments regarding more caution, Russell was adamant he’d done nothing wrong.
“I’ve never been in a position where I’m fighting against Mercedes and Williams has not been fighting against Mercedes in probably five years, so it’s not even crossed my mind how I would fight against the Mercedes. As I said, it was not a reckless move. The move was totally on.
“Was I in the wrong? I caused the crash by spinning but was I wrong to go for the overtake? Absolutely not.”
A polite response tantamount to, ‘Fuck you Toto’, I posit.
If I were Horner, Id employ an espionage agent deep undercover inside the Mercedes F1 empire, to steal secrets, cause sabotage and in general disrupt the happy place that is Toto’s world.
Step up George Russell.
After today’s Albon-esque efforts for RBR, Perez one-year contract may be fading already. Red Bull recruiting Russell would do for Toto and confident in his future, George can go head to head with the failing Finn as he slides down the starting order week in week out.
The Williams car may not be the best, but today it assaulted the black silver arrows with the ferocity of a Big Cat leaping at a flying gazelle and tearing the flesh from it’s back whilst on the run.
Trashing Mercedes upgrade budget may just be the edge Red Bull Racing need to get Max over the WDC line.
Who said crashes are not important, Danny Ric?