Lewis Hamilton opens up on ‘incredible’ meeting with real-life superhero Chadwick Boseman

Lewis Hamilton has revealed he let the late Chadwick Boseman know just how “awesome” he was when the duo linked up at New York Fashion Week. Hamilton dedicated his Belgian Grand Prix pole lap to the Black Panther star after his death was announced on Saturday.

The six-time F1 champion paid tribute to Boseman by standing on his Mercedes W11 and holding the Wakanda Forever pose after arriving in parc ferme.

Hamilton opened up on what it meant to see the late Anderson-born actor play Black Panther in the eponymous 2018 movie following years of under-representation of people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

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“Our superhero, a superhero died last night, so that was really weighing heavy on me today, so I was so driven to deliver a good performance today so I could dedicate it to Chad who I was really, really lucky I got to meet him once and tell him how awesome he was,” said Hamilton.

“I remember when I was a kid, Superman was the hero. Didn’t look like me but I still thought Superman was the greatest.

“And so, when Chad became the king, when he became a superhero in Wakanda, it was such a special day for so many people because I know that young kids, like myself, will be able to now look up to him and see that it is possible to be able to do what he did. So this one’s dedicated to him.”

Hamilton, who will go in search of the fourth Belgian Grand Prix win of his career on Sunday, lifted the lid on meeting Boseman, which he described as an “incredible scenario”.

“I didn’t know him-know him,” said Hamilton. “I wasn’t in touch with him, unfortunately. I wish I had the privilege of that.

“We met in New York, during Fashion Week, possibly last year, or maybe the year before. We were out at the same dinner. I also met him at the Met Gala. I think it was the Met Gala Week, and had the opportunity to meet him then.

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“And I saw him a couple of times throughout the rest of the night and we actually partied away together. We were on the same table basically. It was an incredible scenario and I just remember talking to him.

“But I do remember when Black Panther came out and I’m huge, huge Marvel fan, so just knowing how Hollywood has been for a long, long time and to see the first black hero, superhero, come out, everyone was just so proud. To really represent.

“And again, I think the whole thing in general, this under representation is such a common thing and so to be able to see somebody make it like him, and be such a powerful figure within the Avengers world, y’know, it was incredible.

“Such an honour and inspiring, as I said, young kids. I can imagine a young kid looking up and seeing that it’s possible to be a superhero now. A young black kid, as I said. I think his legacy will always live on.”

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