Mercedes dominance bad for F1 box office - Hamilton

Ross Houston
May 14, 2019

Harry was presented with Hamilton's winning trophy from the race in Barcelona, and a pair of the world champion's racing gloves.

The Brit, who is hoping to win his third straight Formula One World Championship, started the race in second position with his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas on pole.

The Briton's Mercedes contract - reportedly worth £40million per year - expires in 2020 and Wolff even claimed to have discussed a potential move with the five-time Formula One champion.

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

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

"We can't let Harry die without doing something to try and ensure other little Harry's don't go through the same thing".

He said: "I got a message from this young kid called Harry and he just became my spirit angel". I had the laptop on my knees watching the game when we saw Liverpool beating Barcelona. I was looking for inspiration and something to grab to so I dedicate today's race to him.

'When I woke up this morning, I was a bit lost and wondering how today was going to go.

A JustGiving page has been set up in Harry's name with the aim of fundraising for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity to continue research into bone cancer.

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

Hamilton was blown away by Bottas in qualifying by an eye-watering margin of six tenths.

"You have to simply acknowledge that probably it's in every driver's head to drive at Ferrari one day".

"I had a flat spot after the first corner where I knew that this would be the only chance to really try and do something against Mercedes", explained Vettel, who finished off the podium for the third time in five races.

Schumacher endured a slow start with Ferrari, but it was ultimately a match made in heaven. A safety vehicle, 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.

Hamilton previously had Nico Rosberg, the now-retired 2016 champion in a season when Mercedes won 19 of the 21 races, as his main rival and that led to a breakdown in relations between the former friends.

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