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Mercedes surprise terminally ill child with Lewis Hamilton's F1 auto

14 May 2019

After all, during pre-season testing at this very circuit Ferrari had the measure of Mercedes by a comfortable margin.

Lewis Hamilton regained the lead in the Formula One standings by winning the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona on Sunday.

Mercedes' fifth consecutive one-two in Barcelona equalled an F1 record ahead of the next race in Monaco.

Unsurprisingly, the Brackley-based team sit comfortably clear in the constructors' leaderboard with 217 points, 96 ahead of the nearest challenger, Ferrari.

Wearing a Mercedes cap, and lying next to a signed Hamilton picture in his London hospital bed, Harry says: "Hello Lewis Hamilton".

"The last couple of years that's what we've had and from a driver's point of view and a team's point of view it's much better".

But the Brit has pledged his loyalty to his current team.

"It's not as much fun, for sure as when you're competing against another team", the Brit said. And we did it with pride and with great responsibility.

"When I went to McLaren he was part of the decision-making process of whether I got the Formula 1 drive in 2007. I haven't made any plans for the future". He now thinks that Lewis is his absolute best friend, which, for a five-year-old boy, is fantastic.

"I'm enjoying continuously growing with this team and it's incredible what we're achieving together, what we have achieved in these six or seven years". Team boss Christian Horner described Verstappen's Spanish performance as "phenomenal" and you'd be hard pressed finding anyone who disagreed with that assessment. "That's my current goal and my sole focus".

"We will talk about it internally", stated Vettel regarding the situation. When he was putting on more and more pressure I was happy to let him go. I saw the red vehicle of the Ferrari go around the back of us.

Mark Webber told Wide World of Sports recently that Verstappen had matured significantly in 2019, and that's been reflected in his results, consistently getting the best out of a vehicle that simply doesn't have the pace of Mercedes.

On Sunday morning he shared a video message sent to him by a 5-year-old fan named Harry Shaw, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in August last year.

After the safety vehicle pulled in, Hamilton made a good restart, managed to keep Bottas behind him and once again started pulling away.

"I will be sending him a message shortly after this, and we are going to try and do something special for him".

"I was looking for inspiration and something to grab to, so I dedicate today's race to him".

"Two of them are with us and I hope it goes forever".

Mercedes surprise terminally ill child with Lewis Hamilton's F1 auto