Russell and Bottas collided while competing for position on the first run to the chicane, causing a serious crash and debris scattered throughout the track.
Race Control decided to deploy a safety car first before launching the red flag on lap 34 of the 63 lap race at Imola.
The crash was the latest in a series of incidents leading up to the Red Flag as drivers switched from intermediate tires to slick tires and sought grip in greasy conditions.
Lewis Hamilton went off course while chasing race leader Max Verstappen in Tosa, damaging the front wing and retreating to 9th place.
This was followed by a crash between Bottas and Russell.
In the onboard replay, Russell went down the main straight to get Bottas, moved to the right side of the track and tried to overtake the outside, but only touched the white line.
Russell’s Williams stabbed a spear into the side of Bottas’ car, removing both drivers from the race on the spot. Race leader Verstappen was described as having a “plane crash” when he returned to the pits.
Both drivers were able to move away from the shunt, despite the size of the hit, and both took them to team radio to dissipate their anger.
Russell asked, “What was he doing,” claiming that Bottas had drifted to the right and pushed him out. After getting out of the car, the English driver went to Bottas’ cockpit to let him know his feelings.
Bottas himself was angry with Russell’s movement and showed his middle finger to Russell, who was speaking in the cockpit.
The case is set to be investigated by Steward after the race.
Emilia Romagna F1 GP raises red flag after Bottas / Russell crash
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