Hamilton would buy the photo of Bottas’ buttocks for charity

Lewis Hamilton has joked that he would buy a copy of his former teammate Valtteri Bottas’ butt for charity.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas smiling.

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Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas smiling.

If you had to choose which driver on the grid would have the most famous behind, your first choice probably wouldn’t have been the booked Bottas.

But nonetheless, the Finn became an unlikely star on the 2021 edition of Netflix’s ‘Drive to Survive’ when he was filmed relaxing at home in his spa.

The tranquil scene of beautiful Finnish landscapes and a wooden cabin housing a spa took a surprising turn when Bottas stood up and showed his right buttock to the camera.

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Of all the viral moments in a “Drive to Survive” season, only Bottas’ fateful trip to the spa has caught the public’s attention.

Even his fellow pilots joined in on the joke, with Daniel Ricciardo tweeting that he wasn’t sure how he felt about seeing “ALL Bottas in DTS”.

Since moving from the high-pressure environment of Mercedes to Alfa Romeo, Bottas has shown his lighter side and clearly doesn’t take himself too seriously.

In the days following the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, in which the Finn finished P7, he took to Instagram to show off what he was up to in his downtime.

He posted a photo of himself snorkeling in a Colorado stream and once again the internet went wild. Later that day, Bottas announced he would be selling prints of the “artwork” for charity – and it looks like he may have a former teammate as a client.

While Bottas was spending his time in Colorado, Hamilton was in New York but was made aware of the infamous photo.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, he even went so far as to say he would buy a print and it was one of the best photos he had seen.

“I would, yes, for charity, of course,” he replied when asked if he would buy one. “I didn’t even know it was on sale but I think it’s a great photo. It’s one of the best photos I’ve seen, actually.

Although they are no longer teammates, it appears Hamilton and Bottas have remained friends and the Finn confirmed that was the case earlier this year.

Asked during an interview with People.com about his relationship with Hamilton, Bottas replied: “It’s been nice. It was quite natural. After the race in Bahrain I passed him on the lap and heard he was on the podium so I gave him a thumbs up and he did the same.

“We actually flew together after the race in Dubai, and we flew from Dubai to Saudi Arabia. So we still share flights. In a way, nothing has changed.

“We are not teammates but still friends. It’s good. We kind of have a good relationship. We have achieved a lot together as teammates. I think that kind of friendship will definitely last too.

Jack C. Nugent