Lewis Hamilton's team flies F1 vehicle out to ill 'spirit angel' boy


"If you're watching, sending you the love".

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix ahead of his team mate Valtteri Bottas, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished in the third place.

As the title fight increasingly looks to be a two horse race - and neither of them prancing - Lewis Hamilton admits that the lack of serious competition from rival teams is disappointing, but Mercedes must not be blamed for its success.

He said: "I got a message from this young kid called Harry and he just became my spirit angel".

Some have suggested that a potential stumbling block to a Ferrari move for Hamilton is the presence of his long-term rival Sebastian Vettel, although Wolff did not dismiss the idea of a Hamilton-Vettel swap.

"And, I feel, it's also bad karma if we were to think that we are now really walking on water - then, the next week, you are going to get one in the face for sure".

'You try to go out there and do something for someone.

"We sent him a card and a cap, and I saw the video he sent before the race".

"As parents to sit and have to watch your child die slowly in pain and discomfort is a memory we hope time will heal".

The Shaw family is raising money for research into Ewing's sarcoma, the disease which Harry is suffering from, and have so far raised more than £15,000. I was looking for inspiration and something to grab to so I dedicate today's race to him.

They have so far raised nearly £3,000.

Mercedes tweeted they were supporting the fundraising drive.

Hamilton has been repeatedly linked with a move to Ferrari across his career and said of a switch to Maranello in 2017: "It's definitely a dream for every driver, including me". Unlike Vettel, Leclerc was switched from soft to hard tyres in his first stop rather than softs to mediums, which led to him losing pace and being asked to let Vettel back past - though the 21-year-old refused to pick holes in his team's strategy.

Schumacher endured a slow start with Ferrari, but it was ultimately a match made in heaven. Hamilton referenced the message immediately after the race. A safety auto, introduced after British teenager Lando Norris crashed out following a collision with Lance Stroll, afforded the leaders a free pit stop in the closing stages, and Verstappen to cement the final spot on the podium.