However the two collided, sending the pair spinning and hitting the barriers hard, leaving debris all across the track.
Russell shouted over his team radio: “What the **** was he doing? Honestly, is he a ****** ***** or what?”, while Bottas could not believe it himself, saying “What the ****. Big one, all good.”
The Williams driver immediately got out and strutted over to Bottas’ strewn car in what looked to be quite a heated exchange, with the Finn showing the Brit a middle finger before Russell stormed off shaking his head.
“It’s a gentlemen’s agreement between the drivers, we’ve always said it’s going to cause a massive collision one day. And here we are.”
Russell was in a points paying position before the crash, which would’ve been his first ever for the Williams team.
And after the Mercedes junior driver admitted he would be having words with the 31-year-old.
He explained: “I mean, yes – we’re both grown men and we’ll have a conversation and talk about it. Let the heat die down a bit.
“I’m sure he’s upset and frustrated at me as I am with him. The faintest of movement’s when you’re travelling at 200mph is quite a massive thing and more so, it’s not just the speed, it’s the speed difference.
“I was probably going 30mph quicker than him and about to overtake him, and perhaps if it were another driver he wouldn’t have done that.
“Disappointed for sure, this track’s obviously got something against me. Frustrating but that’s Formula One.”
Bottas meanwhile, who had struggled all weekend during the race and qualifying, put all of the blame on Russell, saying ‘it was completely his fault’.
He said: “It was quite a big one, quite high speed but could’ve been a lot worse, but I’m OK.
“I think that lap, or just before, the DRS was again available for people, and I was still struggling with the warm up of the tyres with the dry tyres.
“Then George got close, and he obviously went for an overtake for a place that there’s pretty much only one dry line.
“I’ve seen the replay and there was definitely space for two cars all the time, so I don’t know, he was trying to say something but it was completely his fault so quite disappointing.”