On June 10 2007, in his debut Formula 1 season, Lewis Hamilton won his first F1 race, the Canadian Grand Prix!
Lewis Hamilton made his Formula 1 debut in 2007 and made an immediate splash. Partnered with the reigning two-time champion Fernando Alonso, Lewis “the rookie” recorded podiums in all of the first five races of the season.
In the sixth race, the Canadian Grand Prix, Lewis finally recorded his first Formula 1 win and regained the lead in the championship, eight points clear of his team-mate Alonso.
Lewis went on to win the next race at Indianapolis, and later he won the Hungarian and the Japanese Grand Prix, bringing his 2007 win tally to 4.
Ultimately he lost the 2007 championship to Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen by a single point. He was tied for second place with team-mate Fernando Alonso, with 109 points each.
After winning his first Formula 1 race, Lewis was obviously overjoyed.
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“Obviously now the dream is to win the world championship,” Hamilton said after the race.
“But at the moment we have to be realistic and I think it’s always good to bear in mind that I am still a rookie, this is my first season and there are going to be some hard times.
“I’m on a different planet, definitely – it’s just really hard to grasp anything at the moment. First to get into Formula 1, and with a team like McLaren, then five podiums and a pole.
“And I got the pole position here and I really did think that this was my time. I’ve been ready for this for quite some time, ready for the win. It was just a matter of where and when.
“I have to dedicate this win to my dad, without him this wouldn’t have been possible,” concluded Lewis.
A year later Lewis would go on to win the 2008 championship, a feat he would repeat six more times. With 98 wins to his name, he surpassed Michael Schumacher as the driver with most career wins in history.