Hamilton (Mercedes) on pole in Belgium for Chadwick Boseman ~ #REUTERS:

In qualifying, he beat his Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas by half a second, then two former teammates, the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Renault).

A year after taking the first two places on the grid and winning the race with Charles Leclerc, it’s a whole different scenario for Ferrari, which has a serious performance deficit this season: the Monegasque is 13th and his German teammate Sebastian Vettel 14th.

The third row goes to the Thai Alexander Albon (Red Bull) and the French Esteban Ocon (Renault), the fourth to the Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr (McLaren) and the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Racing Point).

“It’s a special pole for me,” said Hamilton, the first black driver in F1 history. “I woke up to hear the sad news of Chadwick’s death. 2020 was already difficult and this news me. really shaken up. It was not easy to refocus but I knew I had to take to the track and drive perfectly. “

With “Black Panther” released in 2018, Boseman, who was 43, had become the first black superhero to whom a Marvel franchise film was entirely devoted.

This film was celebrated in the United States as an important cultural moment for overturning stereotypes by depicting a prosperous African country welcoming refugees and extending its technology to poorer nations.

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Source: Reuters-VOA.

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