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Mercedes send F1 car to home of terminally ill boy who inspired Hamilton

Press Association logoPress Association 13/05/2019 By Philip Duncan, Press Association Sport F1 Correspondent
a woman posing for a picture: Five-year-old Harry Shaw, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, is carried by his father James with mother Charlotte as they hold Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 trophy (Gareth Fuller/PA) © Gareth Fuller Five-year-old Harry Shaw, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, is carried by his father James with mother Charlotte as they hold Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 trophy (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Mercedes have sent their Formula One car to the home of a terminally ill boy who Lewis Hamilton said inspired him to victory in Spain.

Moments after he recaptured the lead of the championship from Valtteri Bottas following his fine victory at the Circuit de Catalunya, an emotional Hamilton dedicated his triumph to Harry Shaw – a five-year-old who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Hamilton had been alerted to Harry’s tragic plight ahead of Sunday’s race after Mercedes showed him a video of support sent in by the youngster from his hospital bed.

a person standing in front of a blue car: Five-year-old Harry Shaw with his father James and mother Charlotte (Gareth Fuller/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Five-year-old Harry Shaw with his father James and mother Charlotte (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Harry has since been transferred to his Surrey home for his final days.

And, in a touching gesture by the sport’s world champions, they sent a Mercedes F1 car to Harry’s house.

Harry was also presented with Hamilton’s winning trophy from Sunday’s Barcelona race.

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Ahead of Sunday’s race, Hamilton posted a heartbreaking 17-second video to his Instagram account which he had received from Harry.

Wearing a Mercedes cap, and lying next to a signed Hamilton picture in his hospital bed, Harry says: “Hello Lewis Hamilton. Good luck winning the race in Spain and thank you for all of the gifts. Lots of love from Harry and goodbye.”

Five-year-old Harry Shaw, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, is carried by his father James with mother Charlotte and sister Georgia to view a replica of Lewis Hamilton's Formula 1 car outside their home in Redhill, Surrey. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images) © Getty Five-year-old Harry Shaw, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, is carried by his father James with mother Charlotte and sister Georgia to view a replica of Lewis Hamilton's Formula 1 car outside their home in Redhill, Surrey. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)

Hamilton, his voice croaking, said: “Today, I was just super-inspired by this kid that sent me a message.

“He was my spirit angel.”

a child looking at the camera: Harry and his father James (Gareth Fuller/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Harry and his father James (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Harry’s parents, Charlotte and James, have set up a charity page to raise money for research into the disease – Ewing’s sarcoma.

They have so far raised more than £15,000.

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