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WATCH: Good guy Hamilton - Here are four times the F1 champ reached out and helped others

2019-05-15 08:53
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Lewis Hamilton won the 2019 Spanish GP and although his victory seemed to be just another notch on his epic list of achievements, the Mercedes driver made it known after the race that he derived motivation from an unexpected source. 

Speaking to media after the race, Hamilton said he received a video message from 5-year-old Harry Shaw, who suffers from a rare form of bone cancer.

Clearly touched by the brave fighter's words of encouragement, Hamilton set about Sunday's GP by racing for the young boy.

Little Shaw's case is terminal but Hamilton made sure that the young boy knew that he had the F1 champion's support and was in his thoughts.

And what better way to encourage a young fighter than to send your race winning car and trophy to his house!

On Monday, just a few hours after the race, Mercedes-AMG pulled up outside the Shaw family home in Surrey, England.

Harry Shaw and his parents were quite surprised when they saw the truck and the Mercedes technical team assembling the race-winning car right in front of their house! Epic stuff, Lewis, simply epic!

This is not the first time Hamilton’s been on the giving end of gestures.

We take a look at three more times the Formula 1 champion's been reaching out to help others.

1. His brother, Nicolas

Hamilton has a younger brother, Nicolas, who some will recall attended Hamilton's earlier races in F1.

In case you've been wondering where Nicolas has been the last couple of years, he's been racing in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) the last couple of years and attributes much of his passion to big brother Lewis.

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But what many may not have know, is that Nicolas Hamilton is suffering from cerebral palsy and that in 2015, he became the first disabled driver to compete in the BTCC.

This is nothing short of amazing and we don't think we'll ever be able to comprehend the magnitude of Lewis' influence on his brother's life.

In addition, Nicolas is working with an all-disabled racing team in a bid to compete in the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours race. Nicolas is also hard at work with his BTCC team to launch a new racing academy aimed at getting more disabled people into motor racing.

2. Hamilton and a young South African

"Reach for a Dream" is an organisation with sole intent of enriching young cancer sufferers' lives.

They do this by working with celebrities and having these kids spend time with them.

One such time with Hamilton was in 2017 at the British GP when a young South African, "Klaas", got to meet his F1 hero.

Klaas, who suffers from Ewing's Sarcoma, got to spend qualifying in the Mercedes garage and even met the rest of the team and Hamilton's brother, Nicolas. 

Ewing's Sarcoma is a rare type of cancer and is most common around the pelvis, the femur, the humerus, the ribs, and collar bone.

3. School for young drivers

Along with his achievements in F1, Hamilton is very serious education.

The five-time champion has said on numerous occasions that he wants to build a school where young drivers can get their education while at the same time pursuing a career in motorsport.

An issue Hamilton has with racing today is that parents are all too quick to have their children removed from school in an attempt to make a success of their racing careers.

Though the reason for that can be understood, Hamilton notes that not everyone will be champion one day. There needs to be a backup plan in case it doesn't work out.

It's in light of this Hamilton intends to meet with FIA president, Jean Todt, and discuss the matter and finding a way of being proactive in securing a future for teenagers; albeit in or outside of motorsport.

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