'I looked up to him': Lewis Hamilton tribute to Chadwick Boseman

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Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton gestures in homage to late US actor Chadwick Boseman.
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton gestures in homage to late US actor Chadwick Boseman.
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  • Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday.
  • Decked in his black kit, the Mercedes driver stood on top of his car and made the Wakanda sign in homage.
  • Lewis said he was driven to deliver a good performance to dedicate it to the late star.


Lewis Hamilton paid an emotional tribute to Chadwick Boseman after claiming pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday, the world champion saying "this one's for him".

Boseman, who died on Friday of cancer aged 43, played the role of T'Challa, the leader of Wakanda, in the Black Panther movie, which was the first Marvel film to have a black character as a superhero. 

"That was really weighing heavy on me today," said Hamilton.

"I was so driven to deliver a good performance today so that I could dedicate it to Chad.

"I remember when I was a kid that Superman was a superhero, he didn't look like me, but I still thought Superman was the greatest.

"When Chad became the King, it was really, when he became a superhero in Wakanda it was such a special day for so many people as I know kids like myself will be able to now look up to him, and it is possible to do what he did, so this one's dedicated to him."

Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton gestures i
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton gestures in homage to late US actor Chadwick Boseman, as he stands on his car after securing his 93rd pole position.

Hamilton explained that he met Boseman during New York fashion week when "we were at the same dinner".

"I saw him a couple of times throughout the rest of the night and we actually kind of partied away together, on the same table basically. And it was an incredible scenario. I remember talking to him.

"I remember when 'Black Panther' came out, I'm a huge, huge Marvel fan, so just knowing how Hollywood has been for a long, long time and to see the first black superhero come out... man everyone was just so proud.

"To see someone make it like him, and be such a powerful figure within the Avengers world, it was incredible, such an honour, and inspiring. His legacy will always live on."

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