At the Miami Grand Prix last Sunday, Alfa-Sauber driver Valtteri Bottas (32) made a crucial driving error in the final phase. The result: The Finn falls back from 5th place to 7th place and has to give way to the two Silver Arrows George Russell (24) and Lewis Hamilton (37).
Now the Finn takes revenge in a very special way and makes sure that the others on the net see him – literally – from behind. This also makes his ex-team Mercedes laugh.
Bottas shows his stern in the Rocky Mountains
Immediately after the GP premiere in Miami, Bottas was drawn even further to the west of the USA. More precisely: to Aspen in the Rocky Mountains in the US state of Colorado. The ideal place to clear your head after the race. And to ensure a decent flow of air.
Valtteri Bottas posts a special photo of the short trip to nature on Instagram. It shows the Formula 1 star (vice world champion 2019 and 2020) lying on his stomach in the ice-cold river. Only the upper body and the bleeding feet of the Finn stick out of the water.
“Stop associating us with this stuff”
The German photographer Paul Ripke (41), who had accompanied Bottas the entire previous race weekend, captured the naked moment. Ripke now wants to auction the snapshot entitled “bottASS” as a poster. The proceeds are to be donated to charity.
The picture is already doing the rounds on the internet. Valtteri Bottas has already received over 400,000 likes on Instagram. And humorous montages of the photo have long been in circulation. One shows Lewis Hamilton sitting next to the bathing Bottas on the riverbank and smiling mischievously at the camera. The Mercedes racing team couldn’t help but crack a joke in response. On Twitter, the Formula 1 team comments with a wink: “Stop associating us with this stuff. The next one who does that will be banished!” (cat)