The Finn spoke of his adventures in Mendoza, Buenos Aires and Iguazú Falls. He was not frustrated by his move to Alfa Romeo and despite not winning races he seems more relaxed and happy. The man beyond the corridor
Bottas enjoying the tranquility in Misiones and a well-known Argentine beer (@tiffanycromwell)
This weekend the Formula 1will play in Brazil the twenty-first and penultimate date of an exhausting season in which Max Verstappen and Red Bull were consecrated. The drivers and everyone who works in the environment feel tired and the two weeks between Mexico and the San Pablo Grand Prix allowed the protagonists to get away to some destinations in Latin America to recharge their batteries and That was the case of Valtteri Bottas, the Finnish Alfa Romeo rider who spent a week in Argentina.
Thanks to the Argentine subsidiary of Alfa Romeo, this Thursday Infobae was invited to a virtual press conference reserved for few media in which Bottas and his partner, the Chinese Guanyu Zhou. Valtteri had a recent visit to the country and started in Mendoza. “I'm here for malbec,” he said. “The Sunday after Mexico, I flew to Mendoza and did some exploring. I enjoyed the wines, very beautiful wineries. And there is also the Andes, obviously next to Mendoza, the big mountain range, which is impressive and I also had a bit of a hike there.”
This medium was asked if he plans to invest in the wine business in our country and replied that “if someone offered me, I think I would do it for the landscape. It is a place to stay. But it's not something I'm looking at right now,” he stated.
Bottas has already visited Argentina on another occasion, but that occasion was a shorter adventure. It happened in January 2019 and he was also in Mendoza after spending the New Year in Viña del Mar, in Chile. That first contact seems to have enchanted the Scandinavian.
Valtteri Bottas' visit to Buenos Aires. 24 hours in which he toured various corners of the city
The Nordic showed on his Instagram account scenes in the Uco Valley and visited the Pulenta Estate winery in Lujan de Cuyo . Infobaewas able to learn that Bottas managed his reservation with the winery through a winery that sells Pulenta wines in London and of which the pilot is a client.
The 32-year-old runner was along with her partner, Australian Olympic cyclist, Tiffany Cromwell, who was 26th at the Tokyo 2020 Games in the open road race. His interest was in getting to know the winery due to the close relationship it has with Porsche, since the owners are also importers of this brand in Argentina.
It was a purely tourist visit and he spent half the day in this winery. Of course, Bottas and Cromwell asked the hosts for discretion since they wanted to go unnoticed. They sought a moment of rest away from the press and the fans. The people from the winery recently uploaded photos on their social networks when the couple had left Mendoza.
Valtteri Bottas's visit to the Iguazú Falls and other places in the province
Then the couple took a plane and landed in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and enjoyed 24 hours of pure activity. In the video that Valtteri posted on his Instagram it is noted that he and his girlfriend stayed at a well-known hotel in Retiro. They walked through La Recoleta, enjoyed the local gastronomy and cycled through Palermo.
Regarding Buenos Aires, he said that he “wanted to take the opportunity to get to know the city. So I spent a day there. A pretty hectic city, but beautiful. It has good restaurants and things to do. Later the couple moved to the Iguazú Fallsand the two uploaded photos on the aforementioned social network. Tiffany was the one who published the most content with images of the beautiful landscapes. “From Argentina to Brazil, Iguazú, you are simply beautiful,” wrote the cyclist. “Sun, smiles, water and nature”, she wrote together with postcards with Valtteri in a river and by the side of the place where they would have spent the day. The pilot is seen relaxing next to a well-known beer. They also cooled off in the water and practiced canoeing. “How's the serenity?” She asked then she with more memories of that day. “The magic of Iguazú Falls”, she concluded.
Valtteri and Tiffany at Iguazú Falls (@tiffanycromwell)
“ The last five days before flying here (San Pablo) I was in Iguazú, which is right on the border between Brazil and Paraguay. I think it's probably one of the biggest waterfalls in the world, it's really impressive. And also the forest that it has is beautiful, the peace and tranquility that this place offers. It's something unique with wildlife and everything is very, very nice”, said Bottas at the press conference about his hours in Misiones.
And he revealed that he would like there to be more races in South America: “That would be great, for sure, it would be quite epic. The local fans are fantastic. But we will have to wait for the increase in dates in the United States.”
The look with mustaches that Bottas premiered in Brazil and that Tiffany uploaded to her networks immediately (@tiffanycromwell )
Lose to win
A year ago Bottas ended his bond with Mercedes and, although he was in the team that allowed him to win ten Grand Prix and be world runner-up in 2019 and 2020, he never felt comfortable internally knowing that he was in the shadow of Lewis Hamilton.
The leap in quality in sports contrasted with the personal aspect and at the time the Finn put his profession above his marriage to his compatriot , the Olympic swimmer Emilia Pikkarainen (London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020), from whom he divorced at the end of 2019. “Our paths have divided due to the challenges that my career brings and the situation of my life and we believe that this is the best for us and our future lives”, said Bottas in a statement that he published on his social networks. And he thanked her “ for the sacrifices he had to make for me, for his support for many years ”. Two months later it was learned that the runner who was in a relationship with Tiffany Cromwell.
Bottas continued at Mercedes until the end of 2021, when he announced that by 2022 the Englishman George Russell< /b> was going to be the replacement for Finn. However, Valtteri took it in stride. He fell back on Alfa Romeo and showed an attitude similar to that of his compatriot Kimi Räikkönen when he announced his departure from Ferrari and also entered the team based in Switzerland (the structure is Sauber), but which runs with the sponsorship of the Italian factory.
Bottas and Cronwell in the pits (@tiffanycromwell)
When Bottas' relationship with Alfa Romeo was reported, the team indicated that it was a multi-year contract, without specifications, and will continue in 2023. Valtteri remained as the team leader against rookie Guanyu Zhou and brought all his experience to the team and more in a season that had a drastic change in technical regulations. So far his best result of the year was fifth place at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
But sporting things took a backseat and this year he was seen to be looser, relaxed, enjoying the races and always accompanied by Tiffany. Every time they could they made trips in which they relaxed between the races and for example after being seventh in the first Miami Grand Prix, he decided to take a few days off and traveled almost three thousand kilometers to see the State of Colorado, where he was protagonist of a photo that quickly went viral since he was shown nakedswimming in a stream in the city of Aspen in an image he shared on his official Instagram account that has more than 3 million followers. Although it was not clarified, the truth is that the image was part of a good cause. One of the members of the team shared a post informing that they were going to sell the image as a poster at a value close to 11 euros and all the proceeds will be donated to charity. “Do you want a true bottASS on your wall?” the pilot's assistant joked about the relationship between his last name and the word butt in English.
The Finn in action on his Alfa Romeo on the last race date in Mexico (REUTERS/Henry Romero)
This Bottas is no longer the same with the air of a robot that he was in Mercedes. That cold and calculating pilot who came to surpass Hamilton in some classifications and races. The one who deserved to have won more competitions had it not been for the orders of the German team boss,Toto Wolf, triumphs that would not have affected the titles of seven-time English champion. Valtteri knew what his role was in the German squad and never complained. Internal mandates have existed since the birth of F1 72 years ago, but sometimes the picture is so clear and obvious that a victory does not move the needle or define a title. It is unfair that a driver is robbed of a well-deserved victory as happened in Austria 2002 with Rubens Barrichello, who, faced with incessant requests from the Ferrari box, in protest over the finish line he gave victory to Michael Schumacher. It was a piece of paper. Did anyone doubt that that year the Kaiserwas he going to be champion again?
For this year, Mercedes did not renew Valtteri's confidence, who stopped being in a winning team (until 2021 it was) to join another in which adding points is worth as much as a victory (the first ten of a race reap units). But Bottas won in his sporting dignity because now nobody puts a limit on him and, above all, he enriched himself personally, his happiness is noticeable and he lives without prejudice. He is in the glamor of F1 or next to a river in Misiones. He appears more natural and lets you know the human aspect of a car racer.
Valtteri managed to put the glory in the background. He proves that F1 drivers are not automatons or androids. That the pressures and -sometimes- the lack of ethics of the great circus can affect the mental health of a high-performance athlete. He left that behind and travels the world with his partner. He works and has fun. It is true that all runners dream of running in the Maxima, but some make it clear that they do not do it at any price, as in the case of Bottas. Today he is not in a winning team, he does not raise a cup, but he enjoys his life much more.
MORE PHOTOS OF THE COUPLE IN BUENOS AIRES AND MISIONES
Bottas in a bar in Buenos Aires (@tiffanycromwell)
A postcard from the Nordic pilot in Palermo (@tiffanycromwell)
Tiffany poses the memory in Baires (@tiffanycromwell)
Cromwell and his specialty, the bicycle (@tiffanycromwell)
Valtteri enjoys the impressive landscape (@valtteribottas)
Time to freshen up (@tiffanycromwell)
Water sports fascinated Tiffany and Valtteri in Misiones (@tiffanycromwell)
Tiffany and Valtteri smile and in the background another landscape (@tiffanycromwell)
Cromwell and the traditional Paraguayan bed (@tiffanycromwell)
A new landscape of rest in Misiones ( @tiffanycromwell)
Tiffany delights on a speedboat (@tiffanycromwell)