Mercedes’ Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position ahead of the Belgian GP by crossing his arm in the ‘Wakanda Salute’, drawn from the Black Panther film, in which Chadwick Boseman acted. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Hamilton Dedicates Belgian GP Pole Position To Chadwick Boseman

Six-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, on Saturday paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman after storming to pole position ahead of Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

The 35-year-old dedicated his pole position to Boseman, who died on Friday aged 43, after a long battle with colon cancer.

“It’s a really important pole for me. I woke up to the news of Chadwick Boseman passing away and that news broke me. It wasn’t easy to get back in focus but I wanted to drive to perfection for him,” said Hamilton.

A family statement confirmed that Boseman had died in his home with his wife and family. The actor had not publicly revealed that he was battling cancer before his death.

Boseman’s acting careers lasted 12 years, but his biggest act came in 2018 after his role as King T’Challa in the superhero film Black Panther.

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His family is yet to release dates for his funeral.

Back in Belgium however, Hamilton will be joined on the front row by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen lining up on the second row alongside former teammate Daniel Ricciardo who now features for Renault.


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