Lewis Hamilton: “Reading the news, I just broke down”

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Lewis Hamilton says he had to “pull it together” at the Belgian Grand Prix, after he learned of the passing of Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman, an acquaintance of Hamilton’s, died on Friday after being diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. On his social media Hamilton explained the effect Boseman’s death and other recent world events had on him.

“I think that naturally we had that week off, I got good training at home and arrived here feeling fairly relaxed,” wrote Hamilton.

“And then obviously I woke up yesterday morning and… I mean, I’ve generally been feeling a lot of weight on my heart, spirit.

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“You know, when you’re watching the news, when you see what’s happening around the world and I feel really quite affected by it, and then obviously I was so incredibly proud when Chadwick was Black Panther because as I mentioned all the reasons yesterday, as a kid, dreaming of super heroes and finally see someone, a super hero of a similar colour to me, was really just such a remarkable moment, I think, for the black community.

“So when I woke up and I got the news from a friend who has said I’m crying writing this message to you about Chad, and then reading the news, I just broke down.

“I remember, just trying to pull it together and make sure I delivered on that day.”

And deliver he did! Hamilton dominantly won the Belgian Grand Prix and now sits 47 points ahead of second placed Max Verstappen in the Formula 1 championship standings.

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