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Entertainment Hamilton dedicates F1 pole position to Chadwick Boseman

22:11  29 august  2020
22:11  29 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Lewis Hamilton dedicates his pole position at the 2020 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix to the Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman , who died aged 43 of colon cancer on Friday.

Lewis Hamilton ’s 93rd career pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix was an absolute beauty, the six-time champion lapping Spa-Francorchamps And Hamilton was quick to dedicate the pole to Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman , who died on Friday night after a battle with colon cancer, aged 43.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain stands on his car after setting the fastest time during the qualifying session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Hamilton will start in pole position for race on Sunday. (Francois Lenoir, Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain stands on his car after setting the fastest time during the qualifying session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Hamilton will start in pole position for race on Sunday. (Francois Lenoir, Pool via AP)

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — After clinching the record-extending 93rd pole position of his distinguished career, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton stood proudly on top of his all-black Mercedes and crossed his arms in memory of a hero of his own.

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An emotional Lewis Hamilton says he feels "blessed" and "privileged" to be on pole at the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix, and reflects on how the death of actor Chadwick Boseman has affected him. Download the Official F 1 App.

The British driver dedicated his latest exceptional drive at the Belgian Grand Prix to American actor Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer on Friday at the age of 43.

“A superhero died last night so that was really weighing heavy on me today," Hamilton said. “I was so driven to deliver a good performance today so I could dedicate it to Chad.”

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain reacts after the qualifying session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Hamilton will start in pole position for race on Sunday. (Francois Lenoir, Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain reacts after the qualifying session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Hamilton will start in pole position for race on Sunday. (Francois Lenoir, Pool via AP)

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Lewis Hamilton dedicated sealing pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday to Chadwick Boseman after the Black Panther star passed away after a private four-year battle with colon cancer. The Brit celebrated securing his 93rd career pole after a masterclass performance at

“This was an important pole. I woke up today to the saddest news of Chadwick passing away,” Hamilton said. “That news broke me, so it wasn’t easy to get back focused. For what he’s done for our people and super heroes — to show the kids what’s possible in life. Wakanda forever.”

The salute was so resonant that California congresswoman Maxine Waters stood up and did it at singing legend and civil rights activist Aretha Franklin's funeral two years ago.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain reacts after placing first in the qualifying session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Hamilton will start in pole position for the race on Sunday. (Francois Lenoir, Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain reacts after placing first in the qualifying session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Hamilton will start in pole position for the race on Sunday. (Francois Lenoir, Pool via AP)

Hamilton, the only black driver in F1, explained the impact both Chadwick and his film character had on him.

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Lewis Hamilton claimed his 93rd F 1 pole position in dominant fashion by streaking clear of his rivals in Belgian GP qualifying, with team-mate Valtteri Bottas narrowly holding off Max Verstappen Hamilton added: "I woke up to the news of Chadwick Boseman passing away and that news broke me.

Lewis Hamilton was quietly confident after Friday practice despite having failed to hook a up a tidy lap at Spa Francorchamps – but as he has done so often in his glittering career, the reigning world champion delivered when it mattered with an astonishing lap to take pole position for the Belgian

“I was really, really lucky I got to meet him once and tell him how awesome he was. Because I remember when I was a kid, Superman was the hero, didn’t look like me and I still thought Superman was the greatest,” Hamilton said. "And so when Chad became the king, when he became a superhero, it was such a special day for so many people. Because I know that young kids would be able to now look up to him and see that it is possible.”

Boseman's death prompted an outpouring of grief and Hamilton fondly recalled the time they met.

“In New York during Fashion Week … we were out at the same dinner. We actually kind of partied away together because we were on the same table. It was an incredible scenario,” Hamilton said. “I remember when ‘Black Panther’ came out and I’m a huge Marvel fan. So just knowing how Hollywood has been for a long, long time and to see the first Black superhero come out, everyone was so proud.”

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, right, speaks with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands after the qualifying session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Hamilton will start in pole position for the race on Sunday. (Francois Lenoir, Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, right, speaks with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands after the qualifying session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Hamilton will start in pole position for the race on Sunday. (Francois Lenoir, Pool via AP)

Hamilton dominated qualifying once again, setting a track record at the 7-kilometer (4.3-mile) circuit located in the Ardennes forest, finishing .511 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and .526 clear of Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

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SPA, BELGIUM - AUGUST 29: Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F 1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 29, 2020 in Spa, Belgium.

Trident’s Lirim Zendeli roared to his first -ever FIA Formula 3 win from pole with a near-faultless performance around Spa-Francorchamps, finishing 4.047s ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Hamilton says Chadwick Boseman inspired him to ‘drive to perfection’ as he dedicates Spa pole to late actor.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands walks in the paddock after placing third in the qualifying session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain will take pole position for the race on Sunday. (Francois Lenoir, Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands walks in the paddock after placing third in the qualifying session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain will take pole position for the race on Sunday. (Francois Lenoir, Pool via AP)

Hamilton, who is chasing a seventh F1 title to equal Michael Schuamcher's record, leads the standings by 37 points over Verstappen and 43 over Bottas.

“That’s one of the cleanest qualifying sessions I’ve ever had," Hamilton said proudly. “It’s a phenomenal feeling driving around this track, how fast this track has become.”

But Bottas has not given up hope of closing the gap with a victory on Sunday, considering Spa is the longest in F1 and has a big straight up to the first turn.

“I’m not too bothered as I know second place is a good place to start,” Bottas said. “I need to attack if I want to keep my title hopes there, so I’m definitely going to go for it. I know there will be opportunities.”

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland walks in the paddock after placing second in the qualifying session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain will take pole position for the race on Sunday. (Francois Lenoir, Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland walks in the paddock after placing second in the qualifying session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain will take pole position for the race on Sunday. (Francois Lenoir, Pool via AP)

It was a strong performance from Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo, who starts from fourth.

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But things are going from terrible to abysmal for Ferrari, with Charles Leclerc in 13th and Sebastian Vettel 14th.

Ferrari’s lack of form was such that Leclerc, who won last year from pole position, was happy to qualify in 13th.

“Honestly, yes. It’s sad to say that but getting into Q2 was a nice surprise. I’m starting from 13th and I think it will be difficult unless it rains,” he said.

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2016 file photo, Chadwick Boseman arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles.  Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer. His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.  (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2016 file photo, Chadwick Boseman arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer. His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Vettel registered the previous track record on his way to victory here in 2018, but this season the veteran German driver has not even finished in the top five in six races.

Earlier, Hamilton led the third and final practice, with Vettel last — a humbling experience for the four-time F1 champion — and Leclerc faring little better in 17th place.

While Leclerc has two podium finishes this season, Vettel is enduring his worst start since 2008. He has twice finished 10th and once 12th.

Vettel last won at the Singapore GP in September — his only victory in 2019 — and the German driver's last podium finish was in Mexico in October.

In this Saturday, March 23, 2013 file photo, Harrison Ford, left, and Chadwick Boseman, cast members in the film © Provided by Associated Press In this Saturday, March 23, 2013 file photo, Harrison Ford, left, and Chadwick Boseman, cast members in the film "42," pose together for a portrait, in Los Angeles. Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer. His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Since then he has retired in three out of nine races.

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