Following the 2022 season finale in Abu Dhabi, drivers now must fill their time for around four months, until testing begins, and preparations ramp up for the 2023 season.
By name it is called the winter break, however not every driver sees it that way, such as Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas, who has jetted off to Australia to take advantage of the flipped season and enjoy the sun.
The Finn’s girlfriend, Tiffany Cromwell, comes from Australia which makes it a perfect location to spend the break, and only a couple of weeks after the end of the 2022 season, fans are claiming that Bottas has won the offseason.
The 33-year-old has been known this season for his hair, having grown it out following his move to Alfa Romeo from Mercedes, however at the start of a video released by the Finn, he tells Cromwell that he doesn’t feel like he fits in in her home country.
The video then cuts to Bottas entering a hairdresser and being given a mullet, before revealing a Victoria Bitter vest, an Australian beer company, and grabbing one of their drinks to enjoy.
The Finn then struts down the street, sporting his new hairstyle, saying: “You beauty. Now I feel like home”, to his girlfriend when they rendezvous on a nearby bench.
The video currently has 10.9K retweets and is quickly closing in on 100K likes on Bottas’ official Twitter account, and has been met by nothing but praise in the comments section, with fans clearly finding the Finn’s well edited video hilarious.
On the track Bottas has also been a success in 2022, ending the season in tenth place with Alfa Romeo, beating the likes of Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel.
The Finn secured a fifth place finish at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, as well as coming sixth at the season opener in Bahrain, as the 33-year-old got off to a lightening quick start at Alfa Romeo.
Bottas has expressed his interest at remaining with the team for the Audi project, as he believes his experience and knowledge could help give the team a head start when Audi complete their takeover of Sauber in 2026.