Lewis Hamilton sends a Formula One car and Spanish Grand Prix trophy to fan dying from cancer 

A terminally-ill fan received a series of surprise gifts from Lewis Hamilton after sending the Formula One world champion a good luck message ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton revealed he was inspired to victory at the Spanish Grand Prix by five-year-old Harry Shaw, who has a rare form of bone cancer and was recently given one week to live.

After Hamilton was shown Shaw’s message by Mercedes, the five-time world champion sent a number of gifts including a replica Formula One car and the Spanish Grand Prix trophy.

As a thank you, Harry sent a video from his hospital bed saying: ‘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.’ 

After the race in Spain, Hamilton said: ‘I got a great message from this young kid called Harry and he just became my spirit angel.

‘When I woke up this morning, I was a bit lost and wondering how today was going to go. Then I saw that message and I was like, “I see you, Harry, I’ve got you”.

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

‘You try to go out there and do something for someone. It doesn’t always turn out as well as it has but I hope he is watching.

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

Despite finishing behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas in qualifying, Hamilton produced an inspired start to take a lead he never surrendered and is now clear favourite to win a sixth world title. 

‘I cannot describe how much it means to us all that Lewis won the race for Harry, and then dedicated it to Harry, too,’ his father James Shaw told Press Association Sport.

‘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.

‘He is very inquisitive, so that is typical of Harry, asking questions and getting involved. Mercedes have taken us to a much-better place in a dark time.’

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