Hamilton "inspired" by message from ill fan

Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton said he was searching for inspiration before his Spanish Grand Prix win and found it in the form of support from an unwell fan.

Hamilton "inspired" by message from ill fan

Hamilton shared a video he had been sent by a young child on social media and said the boy, Harry, was his "spirit angel" as he defeated Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas at Barcelona.

Read Also:

"I was super inspired by this young kid that sent me a message, Harry," said Hamilton. "We've sent him a card and a cap, and before the race I was chilled but was looking for some inspiration, something to grab onto.

"I dedicated today's race to him. You try to go out there to do something for someone but it doesn't always work out as it has. He's watching and I'll send him a message shortly after this. We're going to try to do something special for him."

 

Hamilton's third win of the season and a bonus point for fastest lap lifted him to the top of the standings, seven points clear of Bottas.

He and his teammate were joined on the Spanish GP podium by Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes' parent company Daimler.

Zetsche is stepping down from his role this month and Hamilton said he was happy to have been able to win with the 66-year-old attending his final race in his position.

"He's been a massive supporter of mine since I was 13," said Hamilton. "Ultimately he was there in the decision-making process of whether to take me on as a kid.

"When I went to McLaren he was part of the decision-making process of whether I got the Formula 1 drive in 2007. Then joining this team, again, and every year from then we've had to re-sign. This is his last race with us and I just want to say a big thank you to him."

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1, Dr Dieter Zetsche, CEO, Mercedes Benz and Race winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrate on the podium

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1, Dr Dieter Zetsche, CEO, Mercedes Benz and Race winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrate on the podium

Photo by: Zak Mauger / LAT Images

shares
comments
Spanish GP: Animated lapchart of the Barcelona race

Previous article

Spanish GP: Animated lapchart of the Barcelona race

Next article

Ferrari admits Spanish GP upgrades were "insufficient"

Ferrari admits Spanish GP upgrades were "insufficient"
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Event Spanish GP
Drivers Lewis Hamilton
Teams Mercedes
Author Scott Mitchell
The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era Prime

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era

The first in a line of world beaters was designed in a back bedroom and then constructed in a shed. STUART CODLING recalls the Tyrrell 001

Formula 1
Apr 18, 2021
Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola Prime

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola

While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...

Formula 1
Apr 16, 2021
What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track Prime

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track

Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping .

Formula 1
Apr 16, 2021
The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Prime

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is no guarantee.

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The themes to watch in F1's Imola return Prime

The themes to watch in F1's Imola return

Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola Prime

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola

After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. Ben Anderson looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…

Formula 1
Apr 12, 2021
The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture Prime

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture

Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says Nigel Roebuck.

Formula 1
Apr 10, 2021
Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace Prime

Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace

Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?

Formula 1
Apr 9, 2021