The Finnish race car driver announced on Thursday that his 'Bottass 2024' calendar has raised $150,000
Fans are mooning over F1 race car driver Valtteri Bottas’ new calendar!
The Finnish driver announced on Thursday that his “Bottass 2024” calendar — in which he bares his backside — has raised $150,000 for the men’s health charity Movember.
“Thank you so much for all the support in November,” Bottas, 34, wrote on X. “With the donations and with the calendars we have together raised a substantial amount for @Movember — meaning WE have really helped and will effect [sic] and save many people’s lives.”
He added, “Final figures to be calculated in the next days, but we are talking around $150k of funds raised!”
Five euros (about $5.46) from each calendar — the initial run of which quickly sold out 10,000 copies — goes to prostate cancer research, Reuters reported.
The Alfa Romeo driver got the idea for the pin-up calendar after a photo of his bottom was well-received on Instagram in May 2022.
Bottas posted the snap, in which he was shown baring all while skinny-dipping in a stream in Aspen, Colorado, and it went on to receive more than 440,000 likes.
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"I have had questions, people asking me 'Why did you do that? Why do you want to show your ass?' " Bottas told speedcafe.com at the Las Vegas Grand Prix earlier this month. “But then when I explained the charity aspect, people got it, and we had so much fun, as you can imagine, taking those pictures."
Another person who gave some pushback was his mom, he told the outlet.
“I did get a message from my mom asking ‘What is this?’ ” Bottas said. “She doesn’t really understand English that well, and she had seen some videos I had posted. She was quite confused and protective, asking me ‘Are you sure that’s the path you want to go?’ So I explained the charity thing, and it’s fine.”
All of which to say this isn’t the first time Formula 1 fans have seen Bottas' nude bottom.
In season 3 of the Netflix docuseries, Drive to Survive, Bottas allowed filmmakers to record him and a friend chatting naked in a sauna. The scene got a lot of attention from fans and other F1 drivers.
"Imagine I'm not the first to comment on it, but still not sure how I feel about seeing ALL of Bottas in DTS," McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo posted on Twitter at the time after watching the episode.
"I guess it's the birth of Bottass. Dammit, we're immature. All I'd recommend is a tan. Was sunglasses sorta stuff. Otherwise, fair play lad," he added.
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