Bottas spots his ‘bro’ Hamilton at Olympics

Jamie Woodhouse
Valtteri Bottas places his hand to his head. Abu Dhabi, December 2021.

Valtteri Bottas places his hand to his head, while looking at the camera in the Alfa Romeo garage. Abu Dhabi, December 2021.

Who knew Valtteri Bottas had a twin? The Finn responded after a lookalike was spotted in Olympic curling star Matt Hamilton.

Formula 1 is in the midst of its winter break, though the series is starting to return to life now with teams revealing their 2022 challengers…or some of it.

But in this time while the on-track action is silent, there is still plenty of sport to be enjoyed elsewhere in the world, take the Winter Olympics in Beijing as a prime example.

32-year-old Hamilton is over there representing the United States in curling, looking to build on his team gold achieved at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Of course very rarely would Formula 1 and curling cross paths, but now that has indeed happened.

Canadian TV channel CBC would take to social media to compare Bottas and Hamilton, stating that they “look like long lost brothers”.

So, although we have not seen Bottas rocking the tash and flowing locks in Formula 1, beyond those mentioned facial features, we can absolutely see their point!

It was great then to see both athletes getting involved with the fun.

Bottas would reply to that post with “Bro!”

Hamilton then responded to Bottas with “I knew I had a brother!”

 

Of course Bottas is very familiar with Hamiltons, having been the team-mate to Lewis Hamilton in Formula 1 at Mercedes between 2017-21.

Bottas is now embarking on the next stage of his career in the series having made the switch to Alfa Romeo, where for 2022 he will find himself alongside Chinese rookie Guanyu Zhou.

Zhou joins the Alfa Romeo team off the back of a Formula 2 season where he scored four wins on his way to P3 in the final standings.

Over at Mercedes meanwhile, George Russell has replaced Bottas, the Mercedes-backed driver earning the promotion after three impressive seasons with Williams.

Russell will form an all-British line-up alongside Hamilton as Mercedes go for their ninth Constructors’ Championship in succession, with both drivers also hoping to be in title contention themselves.

Hamilton missed out on a record eighth World Championship to Max Verstappen on the final lap of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

 

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