Lewis Hamilton was presented a nude photo of his former teammate Valtteri Bottas on Thursday ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix. The Finnish driver uploaded a video of himself gifting a framed and signed copy to Hamilton. Hamilton had earlier joked about buying that photo for charity ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend.
The Alfa Romeo driver captioned the video as, “Saved the last print for my buddy, Lewis Hamilton.” In the video, Bottas is overheard saying, “I heard that you liked the photo that I posted. So I signed you one.” Hamilton joins in on the joke and tells Bottas that he’d make it a point to recreate that picture when he’s in Colorado himself.
Bottas had earlier vacationed in Colorado with his partner, Olympian and Australian cyclist Tiffany Cromwell, between Miami and the Spanish Grand Prix. Bottas uploaded a nude photo of himself on a stream in the scenic Colorado landscape on May 11. The image was shared on Instagram. Cromwell’s shot quickly went viral on all social media platforms.
Valtteri Bottas puts that photo up for a charity auction
When Bottas was made aware of the attention that the photo had garnered on social media platforms, he decided to make some use of it. Former Mercedes photographer Paul Ripke was brought on board to exclusively edit the photo that everyone had a good laugh about and to create a special run of prints to auction it for charity.
The limited-edition photographs raised over 40,000 euros. The bare-butt prints helped raise more than €40,000, which Bottas and Ripke supplemented to €50,000 (A$75,300) for the German nonprofit Stiftung LebensBlicke, which promotes bowel cancer screening and knowledge.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) May 26, 2022
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) May 26, 2022
Valtteri Bottas had finished at P6 last weekend in the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. His pal Lewis Hamilton had showcased one of his career-best drives on Sunday when the 7-time F1 World Champion went from the back of the pack at P19 to P5 by the end of the race by displaying extreme tenacity in the W13. Meanwhile, George Russell who replaced the Finnish driver at Mercedes clinched his second podium finish this season at P3.