Lewis Hamilton has praised Mercedes for helping his brother Nicolas’ dream come true by allowing him to spend a day in the team’s F1 simulator.
Like his older half-brother, Nicolas is a racing driver and competes in the British Touring Car Championship. The 30-year-old has cerebral palsy and races with a specially-modified car.
Now the younger Hamilton has added another achievement to his CV after getting behind the wheel of the Mercedes sim, making him the first disabled person to do so.
His proud big brother shared photos of the occasion on social media and revealed the background of how it had come to fruition, with the family having first asked the team about the possibility earlier in the year.
Hamilton thanks Mercedes for ‘rare’ opportunity
“Time in the sim is incredibly rare, and not something that is accessible for someone like my brother,” Hamilton explained in an Instagram post.
“It took custom modifications to the seat, steering wheel and pedals to make this possible. He spent the whole day in it, and is the first disabled person to ever do so.
“He’s always been a fighter and seeing him have this day is an honour. The smile you see here never left his face.
“Can’t wait to share more of this special day, thank you @mercedesamgf1 for the time and work put in to make this possible and make my brother’s dream come true.”
Check out the pictures from the day below.