Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton raced in the Spanish Grand Prix with a specific purpose. Following his Barcelona win, the Mercedes team shipped one of their Formula One cars to the home of the cancer-stricken boy. The boy, Harry Shaw, inspired Lewis Hamilton to victory in Spain.
The 5-time World Champion dedicated his win in Barcelona to Shaw, a five-year-old from Surrey. Tragically, Shaw may lose his battle against a rare bone disease. To lift his spirits, Mercedes parked one of their Formula One cars outside Harry’s home on Monday. The young boy was then given a tour of Lewis Hamilton’s car by a Mercedes employee.
Owing to the rapid spread of his illness, it was the first time Harry had been outdoors in three weeks. In addition to the parked car, Harry was also presented with Hamilton’s Spanish Grand Prix trophy, and a pair of Hamilton’s racing gloves. Lewis Hamilton also went a step further and recorded a video message of support for Harry.
“I cannot describe how much it means to us all that Lewis won the race for Harry, and then dedicated it to Harry, too,” said Harry’s father, James.
“At a tremendously difficult time in our lives, this has provided us with a big boost, and a big smile.”
“Harry couldn’t believe that Lewis Hamilton was talking about him, and had dedicated the race to him. He now thinks that Lewis is his absolute best friend, which, for a five-year-old boy, is amazing.”
“Harry loves cars, and although he is frail, he was asking about the exhaust pipe. Mercedes have taken us to a much-better place in a dark time.”