'Still not sure': Daniel Ricciardo roasts F1 rival's revealing scene

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Daniel Ricciardo has made light of a scene featuring rival F1 drover Valtteri Bottas' nude behind in Netflix series Drive to Survive. Pictures: Getty Images
Daniel Ricciardo has made light of a scene featuring rival F1 drover Valtteri Bottas' nude behind in Netflix series Drive to Survive. Pictures: Getty Images

The new season of popular Netflix Formula One docu-series Drive to Survive has given viewers a look behind the scenes of the glamorous sport - albeit a more revealing one than fans might have expected.

F1 fans and even the teams and drivers the series centres around tuned in after the third season of the show was released last Friday.

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The new series covered a variety of topics, including Australian star Daniel Ricciardo's exit from the former Renault F1 team, but it was the examination of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas that saw jaws drop to the floor.

The third episode of the series focused on Bottas' standing within the dominant Mercedes team, and his ambition to defeat seven-time world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Netflix cameras went back to Bottas' native Finland with him to film part of the episode, in which he hops in a sauna with his agent Ville Ahtiainen - though fans got a little more than they bargained for.

None were more surpised by the sight of Bottas' nude rear end than Ricciardo, who took to Twitter after watching the episode to share an amusingly candid reaction to it.

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“Imagine I’m not the first to comment on it, but still not sure how I feel about seeing ALL of Bottas in DTS,” he posted on Twitter.

“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.”

In typical Finnish fashion, Bottas took the nudity in stride, declaring 'balls out' on camera before stepping into the sauna.

Mick Schumacher follows his dad to the letter

The letters MSC on a Formula One timing screen once charted the dominance of seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher but this season they denote the presence on track of his son Mick.

The Ferrari great first took the abbreviation to set himself apart from younger brother Ralf on screens that display the first three letters of a surname, but Mick has his own justification.

After winning the 2020 Formula Two title accompanied with the letters SCH, the third Schumacher to enter the world's most prestigious racing category asked Formula One - now headed by ex-Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali - to make a change.

"I wanted that MSC," the 21-year-old Haas driver told reporters during pre-season testing in Bahrain before his F1 race debut there on March 28.

"It's an emotional bond I have to it.

"I think it's quite nice for everybody watching the timing screens and seeing MSC back on the screens as well.

"I think there's a positive to it."

For him, taking the Schumacher name back to the starting grid is a source of pride more than pressure.

"I'm very happy to carry that surname... and I'm very proud of it," the Swiss-born German said at the launch of his Haas team's new Ferrari-powered car.

"It's like a boost for me and it gives me motivation every single day."

Michael Schumacher, who has not been seen in public since he suffered severe head injuries in a 2013 skiing accident, made an instant impression when he qualified seventh on his F1 debut with Jordan in Belgium 30 years ago.

With AAP

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