Vettel: I did Lewis a favour

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"Before we judge our performance, I think compliments to Mercedes", Binotto told reporters, with drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc alongside.

"When I woke up this morning, I was a bit lost and kind of "how's today going to go?' and then I saw that message and I was like 'I see you Harry, I've got you".

F1 star Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory in the Spanish Grand Prix - a race he had lead from the very first turn.

But while his antics cost him pace in the opening stint, it also cost Bottas as instead of challenging Hamilton, he had to fend off Vettel while both did their best to avoid a collision.

Hamilton soon replied to Shaw's message, saying: "Harry, you don't know how much this message means to me buddy".

'Harry couldn't believe that Lewis Hamilton was talking about him, and had dedicated the race to him. Yes, his race was compromised by his first-corner desperation - but let's face it, he had to go for it. Frustrated with Mercedes, Ferrari, and Formula 1 itself.

James and Charlotte Shaw have started a JustGiving page which has now reached £20,000.

She said gifts including signed photographs and a Mercedes cap first brought smiles, adding: "It just went from there, really". That was the 30th running of the event, where Niki Lauda notched his final Grand Prix win running for McLaren-TAG.

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Asked by Motorsport.com about how much more there is to come from the engine and vehicle, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: "There are steps on the power to come, but with mature regulations it's not those vast steps that we have seen in the past".

The Spanish Grand Prix is often a good gauge of how the Formula One season is likely to unfold as the European leg kicks off in earnest.

Hamilton soon picked up on the message and later replied, saying he was "super inspired" by the Instagram post.

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

Hamilton then wrote back and described Shaw - who had since been moved back home - as his "spirit angel".

"I'm very proud to be a part of that and proud of everyone's hard work".

Hamilton had been alerted to Harry's plight after he sent him a video of support from his hospital bed.

Harry's parents set up Harry's Giant Pledge working with giantpledge.com and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Russian F2 driver Nikita Mazepin will drive the Mercedes as part of his role as a simulator driver and to complement the private tests he is completing in a 2017 Mercedes F1 vehicle this year.

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