Hamilton’s latest exploits came with the tragic passing of Boseman, the star of blockbuster films such as Black Panther, weighing on his mind.
After paying tribute to Boseman, who has died aged 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer, on team radio and with a ‘Wakanda’ salute on his Mercedes car in parc ferme, the Englishman admitted the actor’s death provided him with even more incentive to excel.
“I wanted it to be perfect today, I wanted it to show strength, I wanted to be out in front on my own to make it significant, important and impactful because today’s a special day to be able to dedicate that to Chadwick,” an emotional Hamilton stated.
“I feel very honoured to do that.”
6:56 Anthony Davidson compares Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas’ qualifying laps of the Belgian GP from Spa
Hamilton will start Sunday’s race on pole, with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo just behind Bottas on the second row for one of the most exciting starts to a race of the season.
After the iconic Eau Rouge, a long straight gives plenty of chances to overtake – while rain is also forecast.
Hamilton opens up on Boseman and ’emotional day’
“I remember as a kid, superheroes are just super, aren’t they,” Hamilton said. “I always said I wanted to be Ayrton Senna or Superman; Superman was my favourite being in the world because he had such good morals, saving people and strength and all the things humans wish we could have.
“When he died, I was heartbroken. What I do remember is there was no action hero the same colour as me, and in a lot of scenarios around the world there is under-representation. Young kids, if they can’t see it, they think it’s not possible.
1:24 Max Verstappen says Turn 1 will be important to keep up with the Mercedes pace ahead of the Belgian GP
“What he did with Black Panther, it really moved a generation, not only the younger generation but also the older generation. It signified such an incredibly important shift in the film industry, and these young kids can now see it is possible to have a black superhero out there.
“It was so powerful and the film had many, many black actors in it also, I’m so proud of him.