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Vettel: Russell cannot please everyone

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Sebastian Vettel has come to the defence of George Russell after the Williams man lost his temper with Valtteri Bottas during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola.

With Russell looking to overtake the Mercedes, the two drivers collided, prompting Russell to get out of his car in order to remonstrate with Bottas.

The 23-year-old was criticised for his actions by Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff and later apologised for actions on social media.

Asked about the incident ahead of this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao, Vettel said that positive and negative emotions were simply part of life.

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“Emotions go both ways,” he said. “They go positive and they go negative otherwise they wouldn’t be emotions.

“They can’t swing only one way. There would be no highs without lows or lows without highs.

“Nowadays, the question I guess is what do the people want? On the one hand, they want emotions and on the other, if they get emotions they say ‘How can you? How dare you? Why did you do this and why did you do that?'”

While Vettel admitted that there are limits to how a driver should react following an incident, he argued that Russell should not worry too much about the criticism.

“I think the secret is you cannot please everyone so just be yourself,” he added.

“There are limits to the actions we do on track and maybe off track but I don’t think you should worry that much.

“But nowadays, everybody has an opinion and it is what people want to write and read about so we can understand the background.”