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.