Lewis Hamilton pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman after winning the Belgian Grand Prix in Formula 1

The reigning world champion led all 44 laps at Spa-Francorchamps, with his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas coming in second and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen rounding out the top three.

On the victory podium at the Spa, Hamilton posed in the Wakanda salute to Boseman, made famous by the protagonist of the movie Black Panther, and then talked about the inspiration behind another famous victory.

“We continue to push the envelope and it’s nice to finish at a high level this weekend, especially when Chad (Chadwick Boseman) dies because he made everyone feel like superheroes,” said Hamilton.

It was his 89th career win as he chases a record seventh World Championship, another historical top hero of the legendary Schumacher.

However, it was another humiliating day for former Schumacher Ferrari team, with four-time champion Sebastian Vettel finishing 13th and teammate Charles Leclerc finishing 14th, a far cry from his brilliant first win at Spa last season. .

Schumacher won 72 of 91 with Ferrari, but the team is a sad shadow of that dominant past before the home race at Monza and the 1,000th Grand Prix at Mugello a week later.

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The contrast with Mercedes is noticeable: Hamilton is completely in the lead, having won his fifth victory of the season. This puts him 47 points clear of Verstappen in a one-sided title race.

“It wasn’t the easiest race,” said Hamilton.

“I had a lockup that was causing vibrations on turn five and another one on the last turn and it was a bit tricky but still I think it was ok in the end,” he said.

Minor technical problems aside, Hamilton had more than eight seconds to go and Verstappen couldn’t keep up with a pair of Mercedes.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest lap on his last lap, placing fourth ahead of his Renault teammate Esteban Ocon, with second Red Bull Alex Albon rounding out the top six.

The seeds of Hamilton’s victory were sown on Saturday when he took the 93rd pole position of his career, breaking the track record and leading the grid.

An emotional Hamilton later took to social media to dedicate this qualifying performance to Boseman.

From pole, Hamilton made no mistake, quickly taking the lead until the safety car was activated after a heavy crash between British driver George Russell of the Williams team and Alfa Romeo Antonio Giovinazzi, who lost control of his car on the road. fast Fagnes Chicane.

Thankfully, both escaped without major injury as Hamilton once again steadily built up the lead after the safety car was released to take an overbearing victory and leave the Brit almost two clean sheets ahead of his closest rival in the standings.