2007 Canadian Grand Prix
Hamilton took both his first pole and first win in his Formula One career in the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Hamilton led from the pole and prevented Fernando Alonso from overtaking him on the first turn by shielding the inside gap. From there on due to mistakes made by Alonso, he kept on increasing his lead until the safety car deployment on lap 22 because of Adrian Sutil’s crash.
Despite the safety car being deployed four times during the race, Hamilton, calmly drove from pole to win his maiden Formula One race. As a result, Hamilton now led the Drivers’ championship at a young age of 22. Hamilton received accolades by racing legends such as Niki Lauda and Damon Hill who were mesmerized and stunned by the young fellow. From there on it was no looking back as he showed his dominant self by finishing first the following weekend in Indianapolis.