Mercedes' radical 'dual axis steering' system looks set to be banned from Formula One in the 2021 season.

The constructors' champions introduced the new technology - also known by his acronym 'DAS' - at this week's testing session in Barcelona.

Discussions over its eye-catching appearance and effect are set to continue into the 2020 campaign, with Mercedes looking to have developed a new tool to push the team even further forward at least in the short term.

World champion Lewis Hamilton was shown on his car's on-board camera to be adjusting his steering column in practice, pulling it towards him and pushing it away.

That was said to result in small changes to the toe angle of the wheels - their alignment when the steering is set straight - and Mercedes technical director James Allison has said DAS offers drivers "an extra dimension of control".

However, amid a slew of changes to Formula One's rules that will come into effect next year, there are defined restrictions on steering mechanisms.

The 2021 rules state: "The re-alignment of the steered wheels, as defined by the position of the inboard attachment of the relevant suspensions members that remain a fixed distance from each other, must be uniquely defined by a monotonic function of the rotational position of a single steering wheel."

The BBC reported on Friday that Michael Masi, race director of governing body the FIA, confirmed the rule amendment would affect DAS.

Masi is quoted as saying on the BBC Sport website: "We will see what teams can come up with within those boundaries of what the regulations are written for in 2021

Lewis Hamilton revealed he was yet to begin contract talks with Mercedes as the world champion focuses on preparations for the 2020 Formula One season.

The six-time world champion is out of contract at the end of this season, which begins in Australia next month.

But Hamilton, who has been linked with a move to Ferrari, is in no rush to open talks with Mercedes.

"We haven't sat down. I know Toto [Wolff, Mercedes team principal] is keen to, but right now the focus is on trying to make sure I am fit and ready for the season ahead as it ramps up," Hamilton said at pre-season testing on Thursday.

"You want to start on the front foot so it is not something I really get bogged down with at this period of time."

Hamilton has won five championships since joining Mercedes in 2013, including the past three to move within one of Michael Schumacher's record of seven.

The 35-year-old Brit said there would be more to talks than just the rest of his driving career.

"People talk about freedom as if it is a bad thing, but it is not at all. Mercedes have allowed me to be who I want to be rather than keep me constricted and ask me to speak a certain way or dress a certain way," Hamilton said.

"There were question marks over all the different things I do, but everyone can see the results I have had over the last two years. The flexibility helps me to be more engaged and an even better driver than I thought I could be.

"It is now about trying to figure out what the next five-to-10-year plan is, and how the decision I make now will impact the future.

"Does it allow me to put certain things in place so that, when I hang up my helmet, I am able to continue to pursue other interests? That will be in the small print of what we agree and what we will mostly be talking about."

World champion Lewis Hamilton showed ominous speed in his Mercedes on day one of testing for the new Formula One season in Barcelona.

The British driver led a Mercedes one-two on the time sheets as Valtteri Bottas was second quickest, while Ferrari's plans were hindered when Sebastian Vettel pulled out of the session through illness.

Hamilton came to Barcelona from Berlin, after being voted a world sportsman of the year at the Laureus Awards, and the six-time F1 drivers' championship winner was swiftly up to pace in the new W11 model.

He clocked a fastest lap of one minute and 16.976 seconds, which put him 0.377secs clear of Bottas and 0.399s ahead of Racing Point's Sergio Perez.

Another title this season would see 35-year-old Hamilton match German great Michael Schumacher's record haul of seven triumphs.

Charles Leclerc was down in 11th place for Ferrari but put in 131 laps in the new SF1000 car as the Monegasque driver went it alone for the Italian team, with Vettel sidelined.

Hamilton completed 94 laps in the afternoon, with Bottas notching up 79 in the morning, but their combined total of 173 laps for Mercedes was almost passed single-handedly by Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who achieved 168 circuits.

Verstappen span off the track twice during the afternoon. Alex Albon will take the wheel of the Red Bull on Thursday.

"It's been a good day and a really good start for all of us, considering we had a long break," said Hamilton. "So to come back and clock in over 170 laps just shows how hard everyone has been working over the winter.

"We will just take it one step at a time, getting good feedback from the car. We have a lot of data to download and analyse and we’ve got to keep pushing on."

The first race of the 2020 season takes place in Melbourne, with the Australian Grand Prix scheduled for March 15.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton became the first joint-winners of the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year on Monday.

Messi and Hamilton were level on votes made by former sports legends who are members of the Laureus Academy.

Argentina international Messi inspired Barca to a 26th LaLiga title last season with 36 goals in 34 appearances, form that earned him a record sixth Ballon d'Or.

Mercedes driver Hamilton was crowned F1 world champion for the sixth time in 2019, putting him second only to Michael Schumacher on the all-time list.

Hamilton was in Berlin to collect his award in person, while Messi – the first individual from a team sport to claim the prize – sent a video message.

"I would like to thank the Academy for giving me this recognition. The truth is that this is a very important and special award," said Messi.

"I am honoured to be the first to win this award being a sportsperson coming from a team sport and not an individual sport, which is usually the case. Thank you very much.

"For me it's a huge delight to be part of this award and the first team player to receive it. Of course, I would like to thank my team-mates, my family and the fans who support me. Thanks to them this kind of individual recognition is possible."

The pair collected more votes than fellow contenders Rafael Nadal, Marc Marquez, Tiger Woods and Eliud Kipchoge. 

Gymnast Simone Biles was named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year having become the most decorated gymnast in world championship history and helped the United States to a fifth team title.

Cross-country skier Oksana Masters was handed the World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability award.

South Africa men's rugby union side, who won the World Cup in 2019, were selected as the team of the year.

The other major winners were cyclist Egan Bernal (breakthrough), racing driver Sophia Florsch (comeback) and basketball player Dirk Nowitzki (lifetime achievement award).

Sebastian Vettel must rise to the challenge in 2020 to ensure he can prolong his Formula One career, according to David Coulthard.

The Ferrari driver is under pressure going into the new season after being outshone by new team-mate Charles Leclerc last year.

Four-time world champion Vettel last claimed the drivers' championship in 2013, with his Ferrari seat more vulnerable than that of Leclerc, who has signed a new long-term deal.

Coulthard believes the 32-year-old's quality is beyond doubt but fears for his career if he underperforms in 2020.

"He's a class driver, you don't win those championships without being so," Coulthard said to Omnisport about Vettel.

"We have seen in previous years, his last year at Red Bull, he lost a bit of consistency and performance, but he was able to bounce back at Ferrari alongside Kimi Raikkonen. 

"Let's see if he can bounce back this year. It's in his hands. We know Charles is fast, we know he's able to get those qualifying results and race results, but Seb is a four-time world champion. 

"This year is a very important year for him to establish if we will see more of him."

Coulthard is concerned Vettel would not have another realistic option if the Italian team opt not to retain him.

"I just don't see where he could go logically at the level of expectation in terms of salary and what-have-you," added Coulthard.

"Red Bull seem quite set in their programme. McLaren have two young drivers. Mercedes, they don't need him. So, I think it's a little bit like Fernando Alonso, even if they want to race there isn't the opportunity for them." 

Coulthard ended his F1 career at Red Bull and is hoping to see Max Verstappen challenge defending champion Lewis Hamilton for title glory this season, even if the Briton remains the favourite.

On the title race, he said: "Easy money is to say Hamilton at Mercedes but I think it's absolutely possible on paper for the world champion to come from Red Bull, Ferrari or Mercedes. 

"I would love to see Max really challenge for the championship. He's got speed, he's got commitment, he's got a young, devil-may-care attitude. 

"He's a breath of fresh air because he's also very open, very honest, and not kind of aloof and standing off. So I think he would be a great champion.

"Mercedes have done an exceptional job, but we can see that Ferrari have come up over the last couple of years to being real contenders and Red Bull in their new partnership with Honda are getting a few victories.

"Those three teams can be challenging for, certainly race victories, and possibly the championships."

Lewis Hamilton has been backed to match Michael Schumacher's record of seven Formula One world titles in the 2020 season by David Coulthard.

Hamilton has won three consecutive F1 drivers' championships to move on to six overall, just one behind Ferrari great Schumacher.

He goes into a new campaign as the favourite to come out on top once again and fellow Briton Coulthard, a 13-time race winner in his career, sees little reason to doubt him.

"It's certainly on the cards, isn't it?" Coulthard told Omnisport about the prospect of Hamilton moving level with Schumacher's landmark.

"Lewis Hamilton is an exceptional driver, he's a great asset for Mercedes. He's had an exceptional run of grand prix championships. He's got the skills, he's got a great team.

"There's no reason why he wouldn't be able to do that and I think actually with records being there to be broken, it would be great if he was able to equal Michael."

Comparing the two drivers, Coulthard added: "They have two different styles and two different ways of achieving their success.

"Michael was kind of ruthless in his approach, a little bit more like Ayrton Senna in that respect. Absolutely prepared to bang wheels and do whatever was necessary to get the victory, combined with a very high skill level, speed and commitment.

"Lewis is more considered and measured in his wheel-to-wheel combat. He has very good spatial awareness when it comes to racing wheel-to-wheel and very rarely gets involved in incidents."

With his contract due to expire after 2020, Hamilton has been heavily linked with a move to Ferrari, but Mercedes' optimism about keeping him appears to have grown with the new season approaching.

And Coulthard does not believe it would make much sense for Hamilton to move on in 2021, by which point he will have turned 36.

"If he wants to be in Formula One, I expect him to be at Mercedes, but he doesn't have to make a decision right now," Coulthard said.

"I don't see a logical other opportunity for him at this stage of his career. Therefore, if and when he decides he's continuing, I'm sure it will be at Mercedes."

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admits he is not looking forward to new contract discussions with Lewis Hamilton because of their close relationship.

Formula One champion Hamilton, who will target a record-equalling seventh title in 2020, is in the final 12 months of his existing deal.

Most signs point to him staying beyond the new season, despite Hamilton reportedly chasing a hefty pay rise.

He is said to be looking for an increase of around 50 per cent on what is reputed to be a £40million annual salary.

Team principal Wolff said: "The dynamic is very good, we've known each other for such a long time and have the greatest respect for each other.

"Lewis is very aware of where we are as a team and where we are as a motor company.

"Overall, these discussions, we don't like them because we are friends and very close to each other on this joint journey, but it's part of the job."

Wolff said Hamilton and Mercedes will both have ideas about the driver's value.

Hamilton has been linked with Ferrari in the past, but the Italian team have said they are focused on keeping the partnership of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc for the foreseeable future.

Ahead of the contract talks, Hamilton was quick to praise Wolff's influence, telling Sky Sports: "He's an incredible businessman. I learnt a lot from this man and it's always an exciting moment - it's a real privilege that they want me to stay and be part of a great team, that's a great feeling.

"I hope I can continue to help contribute to the team's success."

The team's new car - officially titled the Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance - was revealed on Friday at Silverstone.

Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas had the opportunity to take to the track, with the Brit describing the car, which includes a host of technical updates to the 2019 edition, as "a new piece of art".

There are changes to impact tubes, suspension and its aerodynamic make-up feature, and Bottas is optimistic he can challenge for the title.

While Hamilton is chasing Michael Schumacher's haul of seven titles, Bottas wants a first, and last year's second-placed finish in the championship fills him with optimism.

Bottas told Sky Sports: "I have no doubt Lewis will want to win the championship again and break records, but I need to focus on my own thing.

"Last year was really encouraging because I managed to improve lots of my weaknesses.

"I have good confidence; I know I can do it. It's for me to be at my best level, keep improving and keep learning. It's so good to start at zero again and see what happens."

Lando Norris said the new McLaren feels "more like my baby" and declared he is no longer "pooping" himself as he gears up for a second season in Formula One.

The British driver is, at the age 20, the youngest challenger on the grid, and he was wide-eyed with excitement at the revealing of McLaren's new MCL35 car on Thursday.

Norris finished 11th in the drivers' championship last season, helping McLaren to fourth in the constructors' standings in partnership with team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr.

He hopes to show progress in his second season, and predicted the new orange and blue car, again powered by Renault, will show impressive pace.

Norris said: "This car was made last year and everything that we went through last year - all our comments and discussions between us as drivers - has been put into this and based around that.

"It's a lot more my car - we've had the input into making this, so it feels more like my baby - and I can't wait to go and drive it."

Asked about his enthusiasm for year two of his career at the highest level, Norris said: "It feels very good.

"If I think back to this time last year, I was pooping myself a lot last year, especially at this point, whereas now I'm more confident and a lot more relaxed and that prepares me better for the season."

Sainz called the new McLaren "a better package, a better car", adding: "I just have the feeling everything is coming together a lot better - we're growing as a team, we have a positive momentum going through, and we want to carry that over for this year.

The Spaniard scored a podium place when finishing third at the penultimate race of the 2019 season, a chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix.

"It was very special, a very special moment in my career," Sainz said. "It was a bit of a weird podium, I must say, but something I enjoyed a lot."

Team principal Andreas Seidl expressed optimism for the campaign ahead but said: "It's important to not get carried away with what we achieved last year, which was great. It's a re-set - back to zero again for every team in the pit lane.

"We're starting a new season and everyone is having the same ambitious targets. For me, it's important to focus on ourselves.

"I'm very happy with what I've seen in terms of development of the car over the winter, so I think we can be quite optimistic going into the new season, but at the same time we need to be realistic as well.

"I think we have done our homework. The drivers have done a sensational job, along with the engineers."

Red Bull revealed the new RB16 on Wednesday as Max Verstappen put the 2020 car through its paces at Silverstone.

The British-based team finished third in last year's Formula One constructors' championship, with Verstappen winning three races on the way to also taking third place in the drivers' standings.

Amid high hopes for the new campaign, which will see Verstappen and Alex Albon team up, the Red Bull cars will once more be powered by Honda engines.

Verstappen was the driver charged with taking the RB16 around the Silverstone track, with Albon waiting for his turn next week in Barcelona.

The team have been buoyed by 22-year-old Dutch star Verstappen last month agreeing a new contract keeping him with Red Bull until the end of the 2023 season.

Albon, watching on from trackside, caught an admiring glimpse of Verstappen roaring past the pits and said on the team's Twitter page: "The car is looking pretty good. Quite fast, quite fast."

Speaking last week, team principal Christian Horner said of the new car: "The lessons we learned last year have been carried over from RB15 to RB16.

"We also have stability in the team and that, alongside the momentum we built over the second half of last year, means we're in a very good place to mount a strong challenge this year."

Formula One's Chinese Grand Prix has been postponed following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The race was due to take place at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 19, as the fourth event in the 2020 F1 calendar.

However, fears over the spread of the coronavirus disease – which was given the name Covid-19 this week – means the grand prix becomes the latest sporting event to be called off in China.

A statement on the official F1 website said: "The 2020 Chinese Grand Prix, which had been scheduled for April 17-19, has been postponed as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak."

The coronavirus death toll has risen above 1,000, with over 42,000 confirmed cases within China, according to figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday.

It was first detected in the city of Wuhan, around 450 miles from Shanghai.

The FIA, motorsport's world governing body, said in a statement on Wednesday: "In view of the continued spread of novel coronavirus and after ongoing discussions with the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People's Republic of China (CAMF) and Shanghai Administration of Sports, the Chinese Grand Prix Promoter, Juss Sports Group, has officially requested that the 2020 FIA Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix be postponed.

"The FIA, together with Formula 1, have jointly decided to accept this official request from the promoter and postpone the 2020 FIA Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix.

"As a result of continued health concerns and with the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus as a global health emergency, the FIA and Formula 1 have taken these measures in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains of primary concern."

The FIA said it and race officials would "study the viability of potential alternative dates for the Grand Prix later in the year should the situation improve".

Chinese authorities are keen to prevent mass gatherings, given the potential for the coronavirus to rapidly spread, and that has led to a host of events being postponed or cancelled outright.

Domestic football in the country has been suspended, while World Athletics postponed its World Indoor Championships in Nanjing until 2021. The Hong Kong Marathon was cancelled, with LPGA golf and Fed Cup tennis events also hit.

Fears of a global pandemic have been raised by a number of experts.

The WHO has so far advised against restrictions being imposed on international travel.

However, the United States has told its citizens not to travel to China and has instructed those already in the country to "attempt to depart by commercial means", urging those who choose to stay to "stay home as much as possible and limit contact with others, including large gatherings".

The United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all travel to the Wuhan area and against "all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China", urging British citizens in China to leave where possible.

England is home to a host of Formula One teams, including Mercedes, who are based in the Northamptonshire town of Brackley. The McLaren, Williams, Red Bull and Renault teams also have UK bases.

Formula One's Chinese Grand Prix looks set to be called off following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

World governing body the FIA said on Wednesday it was "closely monitoring the evolving situation" and would do all within its power to "protect the global motor sport community".

The Chinese Grand Prix is scheduled to take place at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 19, as the fourth race in the 2020 season.

However, fears over the spread of the coronavirus disease - which was given the name Covid-19 this week - mean the grand prix now looks doubtful to go ahead as planned.

Whether it could be moved to another slot remains to be seen, with 21 further races meaning the calendar is already crammed.

The coronavirus death toll has risen above 1,000, with over 42,000 confirmed cases within China, according to totals released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday.

It was first detected in the city of Wuhan, around 450 miles from Shanghai.

In a statement on Wednesday, the FIA said: "Following the coronavirus epidemic that broke out at the beginning of the year and, to date, has mainly affected China, the FIA is closely monitoring the evolving situation with relevant authorities and its member clubs, under the direction of FIA medical commission president, Professor Gerard Saillant.

"The FIA will evaluate the calendar of its forthcoming races and, if necessary, take any action required to help protect the global motor sport community and the wider public."

It is unclear whether the Vietnam Grand Prix on April 5 will also be affected.

China, in its efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus, has been keen to avoid mass gatherings of people, which has led to the postponement of all domestic football in the country.

A women's Olympic football qualifying tournament was moved from Wuhan to Sydney, while World Athletics postponed its World Indoor Championships in Nanjing until 2021.

The Hong Kong Marathon was cancelled, while LPGA golf and Fed Cup tennis events have also been hit.

Snooker's China Open, due to be played in Beijing from March 30 to April 5, was cancelled, as was motorsport's Chinese Formula E Grand Prix, which was set for March 21 in Sanya.

The FIA said, in its February 2 announcement regarding the Formula E race, that the decision had been reached to "ensure the health and safety of its travelling staff, championship participants and spectators".

Fears of a global pandemic have been raised by a number of experts.

The WHO has so far advised against restrictions being imposed on international travel.

However, the United States has told its citizens not to travel to China and has instructed those already in the country to "attempt to depart by commercial means", urging those who choose to stay to "stay home as much as possible and limit contact with others, including large gatherings".

The United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all travel to the Wuhan area and against "all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China", urging British citizens in China to leave where possible.

The UK is home to a host of Formula One teams, including Mercedes, who are based in the Northamptonshire town of Brackley. The McLaren, Williams, Red Bull and Renault teams also have UK bases.

Sebastian Vettel is still Ferrari's first choice despite rumours linking Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton with a Formula One switch, according to team boss Mattia Binotto.

Vettel – who is out of contract at the end of 2020 – was outperformed by Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc as Hamilton claimed a sixth F1 world championship last year.

Hamilton is also entering the final year of his deal with Mercedes amid ongoing speculation but Binotto talked up Vettel.

"Seb is our first choice at the moment," said Binotto on Tuesday as Ferrari unveiled their car for the 2020 season.

"Obviously it is something we are discussing with him and we will continue discussing, but he is certainly our first option, our preference."

Vettel – a four-time world champion – could only manage fifth position in last season's championship, behind winner Hamilton and adrift of fourth-placed team-mate Leclerc.

Asked if Hamilton could be a fall-back option if Vettel moves on, Binotto added: "We are focused on our drivers - and we are considering Seb as our option at the moment."

Sebastian Vettel believes Ferrari have taken a "step forward" after he joined team-mate Charles Leclerc to unveil the team's new car for the 2020 season.

The SF1000 - named to mark the Italian manufacturer competing in their 1,000th Formula One world championship race this year - was revealed at the Romolo Valli Theatre in Reggio Emilia on Tuesday.

Both drivers were present at the event ahead of a season where they aim to end Mercedes' dominance; Ferrari has won the constructors' title a record 16 times but their last success was back in 2008.

"We are all very conscious of the huge responsibilities that lie on our shoulders and we clearly are very focused on the ultimate goal, which is victory," said chief executive Louis Camilleri in an opening statement.

"I believe we have the talent and determination to meet those ambitions."

Four-time world champion Vettel is impressed by the modifications made, saying: "I like it [the car] a lot. You can really spot the differences, especially when it comes to packaging at the back of the car. Everything sits a lot tighter."

Asked about his hopes for the campaign ahead, the German replied: "It's impossible to predict, but as we see there is a lot of hours that have gone into the car. I think it is a step forward, I hope it will feel like that when I drive the car."

Leclerc impressed in his debut season with the team in 2019, recording two race wins to finish fourth in the drivers' standings, one place ahead of the more experienced Vettel.

He said: "The approach is a little bit different, now I know the team, I know more or less the car, obviously this year it is a new car but it is an improvement on last year's car, we’ve been working together to make it better and make it more ready for this year.

"It's a big challenge and I can’t wait to drive the car."

The Ferrari pair will soon get a chance to get behind the wheel too, as pre-season testing begins in Barcelona next Wednesday.

Mercedes will resume contract discussions with Lewis Hamilton once they have "properly kicked off" the 2020 Formula One season.

Hamilton is entering the final year of his deal with the Silver Arrows, with whom he has won five of his six world titles.

Ferrari have been linked with a move for Hamilton, who can equal Scuderia legend Michael Schumacher's record tally of seven drivers' championships with victory in 2020.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, however, is hopeful Hamilton's extremely profitable spell with the constructor can be extended.

"It is the obvious pairing going forward," said Wolff, speaking to the media at the announcement of Mercedes' five-year partnership with INEOS.

"We would like to have the fastest man in the fastest car and I know Lewis wants to be in the fastest car.

"We travel around the world almost 10 months every year and get on each other's nerves every second weekend.

"And what we do over the winter is we leave each other in peace.

"The last conversation I had with him was the evening before the Christmas party where we had a nice chat and [agreed] we would continue our discussion once he comes back from America and we have properly kicked off the season.

"I have great belief in the ability of the team to attract the best drivers and at the moment he has proven he is the best current driver with his six titles.

"In the medium to long term I would hope that we would be able to continue to provide the technology to the best drivers and attract them."

Lewis Hamilton feels in great shape to launch his bid for a record-equalling seventh Formula One world title and says he has rekindled his close relationship with dad Anthony.

Ahead of the new season starting in Australia next month, Hamilton has been training hard to ensure he is among the fittest drivers on the grid.

He is one short of Michael Schumacher's record haul of championship triumphs after winning five of the last six drivers' titles.

Hamilton posted pictures on Instagram of himself training in Singapore on Thursday, and the 35-year-old said he was closing in on the physique that will ensure he starts the campaign at a physical peak.

"This has been one of the best winters I've had training," Hamilton wrote.

"Last year I arrived into testing with a lot of water weight and around 78kg. This year, I'm at a better weight of 73kg. Still have more fat to burn off and more muscle to add but on the way. Consistency is key! If you are wanting to get in shape, you can do it. Just depends how much you want it. Let’s go guys."

Hamilton has found time to rebuild a family bond too, since wrapping up the 2019 championship, saying spending time with his father has highlighted how both men became "so immersed in the drive to succeed that we lost sight of what was most important, our relationship".

Anthony Hamilton was a key figure in his son's career, but their close connection began to show cracks early in Lewis' Formula One career.

Lewis Hamilton employed his father as his manager until that working relationship fractured in 2010, with the new star of world motor racing deciding he needed a change.

There have been fond reconciliations since, and now Hamilton is determined to re-establish the powerful father-son dynamic that helped him scale the heights of his sport.

"Our journey hasn't been an easy one, we've faced so many obstacles as individuals but also as a family," the Mercedes star wrote.

"My dad and I haven't had the easiest of relationships. He worked so hard to create an opportunity for us as a family and because of him I am where I am today.

"In the search for success, with all the pressure it put on us all, we were so immersed in the drive to succeed that we lost sight of what was most important, our relationship.

"Over time, we lost that father son bond and it has been something we have both wanted back for so long.

"The past couple years we've been growing closer and this winter break I asked my dad to come visit me so we could spend some time together, just us.

"We hadn't done this before so to finally get to spend quality time with him has brought me so much happiness. I just wanted to share this with you.

"Family is the most important thing in the world. You can’t choose your family but you can make it work with them no matter your differences, they are the ones that will be there when you have nothing. Sending everyone positivity and love."

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