Lewis Hamilton emotional about beating Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas

By contrast to the drive of Hamilton, Romain Grosjean had an erratic race Media playback is not supported on this device Klose determined to make amends at Barcelona Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to American…

Lewis Hamilton emotional about beating Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas

By contrast to the drive of Hamilton, Romain Grosjean had an erratic race

Media playback is not supported on this device Klose determined to make amends at Barcelona

Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to American actor Chadwick Boseman, whose son Brielle was killed in an accident last year, after his grand prix win in Spa.

Boseman was at the track with his actor wife and Brawn cousins on Sunday to watch the Briton’s first race win since last year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

“This is an event that means more to me than anything,” said the 31-year-old.

“I’ve been close to losing two of my closest family members, but here I have won a major win.”

Boseman was born in Rennes and raised in Paris, and he moved to Los Angeles in 2003. He is best known for playing Marvel’s Wakanda superhero Black Panther.

He celebrated the Formula 1 win by giving Hamilton a steel urn and a key to the city of Seattle for Britain’s next Formula 1 race there in June.

Chadwick Boseman (left) with his actor wife and Brawn cousins

But the grand prix win was not only special for its significance, for the tenor of Hamilton’s comments and for its source.

It was the culmination of a transformation in Hamilton’s relationship with the Belgian Grand Prix in particular, over the past 10 years.

Although British drivers don’t stand a chance on Sunday of winning the race, Hamilton has always succeeded on its big days – at least until last year, when he finished third.

Before Spa, he has won a race in 13 straight seasons, dating back to 2003. The only one he failed to win was last year’s Monaco GP.

Since then, he has won seven out of seven races on the track, including his last four, including his first in almost two years in Spain in March.

Hamilton, who led from pole to chequered flag in Spa, is four points ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who finished second and was delighted to be able to follow in his Mercedes team-mate’s footsteps.

“The last time I drove here was in the British Grand Prix,” said Bottas. “For me, it’s a fantastic circuit to race on, and this year was a great day.”

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