Canadian GP 2007: The first of Lewis Hamilton's hundred stars in Formula 1

14 years ago the multiple champion began his count of one hundred wins in the highest category.

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It was a matter of time before the Englishman Lewis Hamilton celebrate his first triumph in the F1 in his debut season he had already been close in the Monaco GP, the fifth date of the 2007 tournament, when he escorted his Spanish partner Fernando Alonso in a race where the team's orders McLaren they seemed to play a very important role. That is why it was not surprising that the longed-for first success - and the rematch? - came to him in the following race, the Canadian Grand Prix...

In the difficult circuit of Montreal, Lewis did a perfect job in a very difficult competition. Throughout the 70 laps of the GP, he was oblivious to all the problems raised such as the four neutralizations and the numerous crashes, including that of the Pole. Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber) which at first made us fear the worst.

Lewis Hamilton GP Canada 2007With their young 22 years.With that success, Hamilton earned a deserved place in Formula. Not only was he the most effective rookie in the history of the category (six podiums in the first six races of a tournament), but he also became the first black-skinned driver to win a Grand Prix.

The first step towards glory he took on Saturday, when he beat Alonso 456/1000 on a circuit he had never raced on. “I am looking forward to the race. Although neither Fernando nor I are going to commit anything stupid, I want to be ahead "said the Stevenage-born boy, who also wanted to take his time  "To assimilate all this because I feel in glory."

At the start, the brunette did not forgive the accelerator. As soon as the red lights of the traffic light went out, he squeezed it fully and was on his way to the first corner. From his mirrors he saw how Alonso was "paying" before the impetuous German Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber), who had already astonished by securing third place on the grid. And he even had time to take his precautions when he saw his partner “cut in the middle” that curve that would drive him crazy for the rest of the race.

Lewis Hamilton Canadian GP 2007
Photo: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel.

Hamilton did not take long to establish himself in the forefront to the point that in the first part of the competition he got a second per lap from Alonso, who was trying to get closer to Heidfeld and get away from the Brazilian Felipe Massa (Ferrari). He also had luck on his side, as when the race was neutralized for the first time due to the German accident. Adrian Sutil (Spyker). That happened just when he had already left the pits after making his first stop and thus maintained a great advantage over most of his rivals, who had to wait for the pits to open to do the procedure.

The safety car was the other great protagonist of the afternoon. He entered three other opportunities, generating a series of continuous changes in the classifier, although not in the first place that had Hamilton as its sole owner. The disorder caused by this alternative was such that the teams changed their strategies on the fly, as when Massa and the Finn Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) went to refuel and change tires at the same time. But in some cases there were more serious mistakes that cost dearly. Alonso and the German Nico Rosberg (Williams), for example, were penalized for entering the pits with the safety car on the track; while Massa and the Italian Giancarlo Fisichella (Renault) were excluded because they returned to the track when the traffic light on the pit road was red ...

LEWIS HAMILTON IN GLORY

Lewis Hamilton Canadian GP 2007
Photo: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel.

Hamilton was oblivious to all this chaos and dedicated himself to managing the race at will until he managed to cross the finish line. “I am on another planet after this. I just can't find the words to describe how I feel after getting my first victory in Formula 1. The team did a fantastic job and I am enormously happy. ", were the first words of the brand new winner.

“I had a good start, nothing spectacular, but I managed to get through the first corner well. Despite everything that happened around me, I remained cold and very focused. It seemed like every time he got a little head start the safety car hit the track and he had to start over. When there was little to go until the end, I became aware that victory was within my grasp. There I started to notice the support of the fans and then I felt something wonderful when I crossed the finish line. My start in Formula 1 has been incredible, but I know I have a tough season ahead of me ”, confessed the fast McLaren driver, who now leads the contest with eight points of advantage over his teammate.

THEY ALSO CELEBRATED

Lewis Hamilton Canadian GP 2007Hamilton was not the only happy one on the podium in Montreal as Heidfeld and Alexander Wurz (Williams) had good reason to be overjoyed. The German said he was relieved when he was told by radio that his partner Kubica was out of danger and that this motivated him to continue pressing. “The news that Robert is doing well made me happy and encouraged me even more. I was hoping to get a podium and I thought I could finish third, but it was a surprise to finish second. The best moment of the race was when I passed Alonso at the start and got behind Lewis. At first I was worried about Fernando, but then I limited myself to keeping the car on the track, which was quite difficult. "said the former champion of the now-defunct F.3000.

While for the Austrian, the third place had a special flavor. “Getting a podium on the 10th anniversary of my Formula 1 debut is like a dream. I had a difficult weekend and starting the race from behind was tough, but I didn't give up. It was a chaotic race, but I had a good car and the team developed a good strategy ”, he said.

After Canada, Formula 1 traveled to the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There Hamilton won again, who at that time did not imagine that, 14 years later he would be seven times champion of the Maximum and would achieve the record number of one hundred victories ...

ROBERT KUBICA SAVED HIS LIFE FROM MIRACLE

Without a doubt, the most tense moment of the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix came on lap 26 when Robert Kubica crashed into a retaining wall more than 300 km / h. The Pole lost control of his car after a touch with Jarno Trulli (Toyota) in the curve preceding the Hairpin. His BMW Sauber hit the wall, bounced and crossed the track as it disintegrated to end up hitting the outer guardrail of the track.

Robert KubicaQuickly, he was helped by the category health body. He was first taken to the circuit medical center and then flown by helicopter to Montreal's Sacre-Coeur hospital for further tests. There he arrived conscious and stable and without his life being in danger, according to the organizers and the spokesmen of his team.

"I talked to him. Remember everything that happened. My impression is that he is very well, beyond having the logical pains of a great impact. He chatted with me normally, so that's positive ”, said Daniele morelli, manager of the Polish. Although at first it turned out that he had fractured his leg, a medical report indicated that he suffered "A concussion and a sprained right ankle". Quite a miracle.

CANADA GRAND PRIZE RESULTS 2007

POS. No. PILOT CAR VTAS. TIME / DIF. PTS
1 2 Lewis Hamilton MCLAREN MERCEDES 70 1:44:11.292 10
2 9 Nick Heidfeld SAUBER BMW 70 +4.343s 8
3 17 Alexander Wurz WILLIAMS TOYOTA 70 +5.325s 6
4 4 Heikki Kovalainen RENAULT 70 +6.729s 5
5 6 Whom Raikkönen FERRARI 70 +13.007s 4
6 22 Takuma Sato SUPER AGURI HONDA 70 +16.698s 3
7 1 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN MERCEDES 70 +21.936s 2
8 11 Ralf Schumacher TOYOTA 70 +22.888s 1
9 15 Mark Webber RED BULL RENAULT 70 +22.960s 0
10 16 Nico Rosberg WILLIAMS TOYOTA 70 +23.984s 0
11 23 Anthony Davidson SUPER AGURI HONDA 70 +24.318s 0
12 8 Rubens Barrichello HONDA 70 +30.439s 0
NC 12 Jarno Trulli TOYOTA 58 DNF 0
NC 18 Vitantonio Liuzzi STR FERRARI 54 DNF 0
NC 21 Christijan Albers SPYKER FERRARI 47 DNF 0
NC 14 David Coulthard RED BULL RENAULT 36 DNF 0
NC 10 Robert Kubica SAUBER BMW 26 DNF 0
NC 20 Adrian Sutil SPYKER FERRARI 21 DNF 0
NC 19 Scott Speed STR FERRARI 8 DNF 0
NC 7 Jenson Button HONDA 0 DNF 0

AVERAGE: 175,799 km / h. LAP RECORD: Fernando Alonso, in the 46th, in 1m16s367 / 1000 at 205,581 km / h.

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Diego durruty

Journalist with 30 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, Coequipier y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, e-driver.com y kmcero.com and on the radios Rock pop y Vorterix.com. He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He currently drives Two Daring Guys, a car magazine that is broadcast on Tuesdays from 18 to 19 by RadioArroba.com; is editor of motorsport in Red Bull Argentina, columnist on the show WorldSport (AM Splendid) and in Surf & Rock FM.  He is also a teacher in SPORTS. Now you can read it on his blog: automundo.com.ar.

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