“George is very strong, even though he made a mistake in Imola,” Massa said. “He deserves a chance and I hope Mercedes will give it sooner or later.
“I liked the fact that he apologised for his mistake. That is a sign of maturity, that he dares to admit such a mistake.”
Russell’s apology read: “[Sunday] wasn’t my proudest day. I knew it would be one of the best opportunities to score points this season and, when these points matter as much as they do to us right now, sometimes you take risks. It didn’t pay off and I have to take responsibility for that.