“That News Just Really Really Broke Me” – Lewis Hamilton Credited Phenomenal F1 Run To Tragic Demise of Black Panther Actor 2 Years Ago

Published 08/24/2022, 12:30 PM EDT

Ever since his debut in 2007, Lewis Hamilton has smashed almost every F1 record out there. The Mercedes man has the most win, the most points, most podium finishes, and the most poles in the sport’s history.

However, some records and achievements mean more than others, so let’s look at one from the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix. Hamilton’s 93rd pole position for the 2020 Belgian GP differed from most, as the Mercedes man dedicated his pole position to a friend. The friend being Marvel’s Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman.


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Boseman tragically passed away a day before the Belgian Grand Prix. After securing the pole position, the Mercedes man said on his team radio, “That one was for Chadwick, Chadwick Boseman, man. Rest in peace.”

Hamilton elaborated on his feelings after the qualifying session as well. He said, “It’s a really important pole for me because you know I woke up to like the saddest news of Chadwick passing away.”

“And it’s been such a heavy year I think for all of us and that news just really really broke me.”

“So it was really not easy to get back and focus coming in today with that kind of hanging on my heart.”

“But I was like I’ve got to go out there and drive to perfection because you know what he’s done for our people and for what he’s done for you know this superhero shows all these young kids that it’s possible. He was such a shining light so, Wakanda Forever!”


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Although, not just Hamilton, the circumstances of Boseman’s demise shocked everyone in the world.

The surprising circumstances around Chadwick Boseman’s death caught Lewis Hamilton and everyone off-guard


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Chadwick Boseman passed away in his home in Los Angeles. Boseman was a mere 43 years old at the time of his passing. The Black Panther star had become an inspiration for an entire generation with his portrayal of the king of Wakanda.

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Even though Boseman was surrounded by his loved ones during his final hours, his demise sent shock waves around the world. Boseman was a private man and did not disclose he was fighting stage 3 colon cancer since 2016. The cancer progressed to stage 4, to which Boseman eventually succumbed to in 2020.


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Chadwick Boseman produced some awe-inspiring movies while fighting cancer from 2016 onwards. The news of his passing surprised most, as his illness wasn’t known to a lot of people.



Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh