Bottas sells Mercedes road car to help fund home go-kart track

Valtteri Bottas has put his Mercedes AMG GT road car up for sale to raise funds for his home go-kart track in Lahti, Finland.

The Mercedes F1 driver posted a link on social media to a page inviting offers on his blue, 2018 Mercedes AMG GT at a starting price of €190,000.

The post was aimed at his Finnish followers with no explanation in English, but he told Finnish publication IS that part of the money would go towards a crowdfunding project for the track in Lahti where he learned to race.

A crowdfunding page for the Valtteri Bottas Racepark claims the track needs investment to fend off redevelopment and that its paddock area has already been lost to the construction of a new ring road.

The page sets out a target of €100,000 in order to develop a new paddock to a level that would attract European and World Championship-level racing.

"I am committed to investing financially in the Pippo track and I am now looking for people to work with to develop the place," Bottas told IS.

Bottas said he would hand over the AMG GT to the new buyer personally and would taking them karting in Lahti as part of the deal.

He also revealed that he has a new Mercedes road car on order after upgrading to an AMG GT Black Series, which will be delivered to his home in Monaco.