Lewis Hamilton Dedicates His F1 Belgian GP Win to Chadwick Boseman in the Wake of His Death
Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton honors late Chadwick Boseman's legacy with his recent win at the Belgian Grand Prix. He described the deceased as an inspiration and dedicated the win to the family he left behind.
Amid the devastating news of Chadwick Boseman's demise over the weekend, several stars have paid tributes to the "Black Panther" star in the best way they can.
One of such celebrities is racer Lewis Hamilton who dedicated his latest win to the 43-year-old actor, who passed away from complications due to colon cancer.
Hamilton, the only African-American driver in Formula 1, took to Twitter share a collage of him posing with the iconic Wakanda salute from Boseman's career-defining movie, alongside a photo of him in a Black Lives Matter shirt.
[Lewis Hamilton's] victory pushed him closer to the two wins he needs to break Michael Schumacher's all-time Formula One record.
He explained in the caption that it had been an emotional weekend for him, and he wants to dedicate his Belgian Grand Prix win to the late actor and his family.
Hamilton described Boseman as an "inspiration" and affirmed that his legacy would live on. He also explained why he posted the image supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, saying the fight for justice continues as nothing as changed.
It’s been an emotional weekend, I want to dedicate this win to Chad and his family, he was such an inspiration and his legacy will live on. I’m posting this image because we must continue to fight for equality, nothing has changed yet and the battle continues. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/mmpJWtUd2t— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) August 30, 2020
The 35-year-old, who won the race competition by taking the lead in all 44 laps, further expressed his thoughts about the actor, who played Jackie Robinson in the biopic, "42," when he said:
"We are continuing to push the envelope, and it feels great to finish on a high this weekend, particularly with Chad dying because he made everyone feel like a superhero."
He also discussed what it felt like meeting the "Get On Up" star in person at the New York Fashion Week in 2018 and the Met Gala in 2019.
He described how exhilarated he felt when Boseman brought to life Black Panther, the first significant black superhero, and how he wished he was closer to the actor before his demise.
The English racer no doubt pushed the envelope as his victory pushed him closer to the two wins he needs to break Michael Schumacher's all-time Formula One record.
It also broke the track record to top the grid, pushing Hamilton to his career's 93rd pole position. Later that day, Hamilton also dedicated the pole to Boseman's legacy, with honoring words for the "Black Panther" star.
I want to dedicate this pole to Chadwick. What he accomplished and the legacy he left is so incredible to me. He’s inspired a whole generation of young black men and women and provided them with a true superhero to look up to. Rest in power my friend.#WakandaForever #blackpanther pic.twitter.com/M7EgGess9p— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) August 29, 2020
Chadwick passed away on Friday, August 28, after a private four-year-long battle with colon cancer. The sad news was shared via a statement from his estate on all his social media platforms.
His death shook the industry as several celebrities paid tribute to him via social media. The long list includes Issa Rae, Viola Davis, John Boyega, Vice-president candidate, Kamala Harris, and former president Barack Obama.
However, the most touching tributes came from his Marvel family, which comprise Chris Evan, Chris Hemsworth, Letitia Wright, Mark Ruffalo, Don Cheadle, Brie Larson, and Samuel L. Jackson.
They all expressed the immense hurt at Boseman's sudden demise and praised the impactful legacy he left behind. Boseman's mentor Denzel Washington, who paid for his acting lessons, also honored the star calling him "a gentle soul and brilliant artist."