After colliding with Valtteri Bottas during Sunday’s chaotic race and initially blaming the Finn, Russell, the Mercedes junior who hopes to join full-time in the future, backed down 24 hours later and issued a statement apologizing.

“Yesterday wasn’t my proudest day,” he wrote on social media on Monday evening as he admitted he had “to take responsibility” for the “risk” of attempting to overtake Bottas’ Mercedes.

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Having also accused Bottas of a “dangerous” move after the race and asking him “if he was trying to kill us both”, Russell added in his statement: “I know I 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.”

Hamilton clearly took note of the apology and praised Russell afterwards. “Strength comes from vulnerability,” he wrote as a comment on Russell’s Instagram post. “If you don’t make the mistake you can never learn the lesson. Respect for taking responsibility. On to the next one.”

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton’s message came a couple of days he left a message of support for Norris, after the English McLaren driver missed out on third in qualifying for exceeding track limits.

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After qualifying, Norris posted a picture of himself looking downbeat with caption: “How I feel right now. Inches away from P3. My mistake, I misjudged it and the time was deleted. Sorry to everyone at McLaren, I effed up, you deserved better today.”

To which Hamilton, who started his F1 career with McLaren, replied on Saturday night: “Nobody can knock you for giving it your all. Amazing lap, it’s great to see you and the team shine. Move on, let’s race.”

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