Lewis Hamilton on feeling the “weight” of world events in 2020

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Lewis Hamilton spoke candidly about “feeling a lot of weight on my heart” in the midst of the 2020 world events, during a Belgian GP weekend he dedicated his success to Chadwick Boseman.

Hamilton has been a leading voice calling for greater diversity and more opportunity in motorsport and in society at large, with the six-time F1 champion regularly speaking passionately about social justice and the need for more ‘equality.

After the death of Boseman, the American actor best known for playing the superhero Black Panther, Hamilton dedicated his pole position at Spa-Francorchamps to a man he described as having “moved a generation”.

The Mercedes driver also dedicated his victory on Sunday to the actor and, speaking afterwards, reflected on the emotion he felt upon hearing the news on Saturday morning of Boseman’s passing.

“I think naturally we had this week off, I trained well at home and arrived here quite relaxed,” Hamilton said of his preparation for the Spa weekend.

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Lewis Hamilton dedicated his pole position at Spa to actor Chadwick Boseman, who sadly passed away at the age of 43.

Lewis Hamilton dedicated his pole position at Spa to actor Chadwick Boseman, who sadly passed away at the age of 43.

“And then obviously I woke up yesterday morning and… I mean, I usually felt a lot of weight on my heart, my mind.

“You know, when you watch the news, when you see what’s going on in the world and I feel really, really affected by it and then obviously I was so proud when Chadwick was Black Panther because like I have mentioned all the reasons yesterday as a kid dreaming about superheroes and finally seeing someone, a superhero of a similar color to me, was truly such a remarkable time, I think, for the black community.

“So when I woke up and heard from a friend who said I was crying writing you this message about Chad and then reading the news, I broke down. I remember, just trying to bring them together of course, I gave birth that day. ”

Hamilton: “Nothing has changed yet”

Before the start of Sunday’s race, Hamilton and his fellow drivers gathered on the grid again at the sport’s anti-racism ceremony to send their message in the fight against discrimination to the world.

On the catwalk, he then performed the Wakanda salute that Boseman made famous in Marvel’s Black Panther franchise.

Posting the two images together in a subsequent social media post, Hamilton said, “I’m posting this image because we have to keep fighting for equality, nothing has changed yet and the battle continues. “

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