Written by Staff Writer at CNN
It was a bad-tempered race in Spain on Sunday when second-placed Lewis Hamilton and Esteban Ocon crashed, then there was the arm coming around the head of Max Verstappen .
This weekend he said on Twitter that he will be thinking about Capt. Chadwick Boseman, the star of the movie Black Panther, when he approaches the podium after his win at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.
“My second race win of the season is about the teamwork I’ve built with the rest of the team at Mercedes,” Hamilton said.
“I’d like to thank all the engineers, mechanics, engineers, engineers, engineers and everyone who made the win possible.”
The British driver was assisted by teammate Valtteri Bottas into first place — also the third one on the podium — and now sits second in the championship behind Sebastian Vettel.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished third, as did Rosberg’s Sebastian Vettel, his former Ferrari teammate, who clinched the drivers’ championship in 2016.
Here are five pictures from the race that will bring back childhood memories:
Hamilton, Bottas and Vettel follow a cause
Bottas’ win in Spain, Mercedes’ first of the season, has been overshadowed by the two strong performances of Vettel and Hamilton.
The German collected his third win of the season at the last race in Monaco. Hamilton, who has won six times in the past 12 months, set out to catch up in Spain but made a strong start and was behind Vettel when the safety car came out.
After a ding-dong battle over the opening laps, where they fought to the death for both top positions, the two Mercedes drivers — who usually have the least fun together — got into each other’s faces at the restart and were pelted with cans of Red Bull’s motor-oil drink, whose fans form a notorious presence at many races.
Chadwick Boseman sends a love letter to Hamilton
With a dash of Hollywood A-lister Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther vibranium powers, the Formula One world champion has become a guardian angel for Hamilton.
Flanked by the Mercedes team manager, the Hollywood star appeared on stage with the four-time world champion in Florida last November and penned a touching letter to Hamilton online in March.
Boseman pointed out in the letter, published on the Instagram account of his management company, that before Mercedes threw him a lavish hand gesture of a jet — private flights are the norm for elite teams — he had been relegated to a more modest accommodation.
He has also landed his own job as a licensed personal pilot.
Renault says it’s “beyond our wildest dreams” to have a driver with Royal blood
Behind the scenes, and on a higher level, Hamilton’s victory is another boost for Renault, one of Mercedes’ closest rivals.
The French-Canadian constructor, which finished behind its parent team in the standings last year, has also won trophies in Formula Three and Grand GP, and recently broke its winless hoodoo in formula three.
Nico Hulkenberg is the team’s principal, son of a former British prime minister, and would like to use his sport as a springboard to more government work. The brash entrepreneur does not mind taking a firm stance.
Asked about the power of Hamilton’s Formula One win, Hulkenberg said: “We’re working for Renault and we’re all within the Renault family, it’s beyond our wildest dreams actually to have another fighter, to have a driver that thinks like us, and that’s fantastic.”
A victorious taste of posh Britannia