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Canadian Grand Prix
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 10 June, 2007 The Chequered Flag podcast



Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the Canada Grand Prix trophy
Hamilton had a third and four second-places in his first five races
Briton Lewis Hamilton said he was "on a different planet" after claiming his maiden Formula One victory in Montreal in only his sixth Grand Prix.

"This is a fantastic day for me and my family, this is historic," he said after his sixth straight podium finish.

"I have been ready for the win for quite some time, it was just a matter of where and when.

"I was over the moon to get pole but this is definitely on a different planet for me."

The 22-year-old said he had "no problems at all" during a race marred by the introduction of the safety car on four occasions.

"They made it a little bit boring at some points," Hamilton explained. "But as soon as we got going again, it was exciting again.

The next dream is to win the world championship

Lewis Hamilton
"The team gave me the best car and it was great. The last few laps were just a case of counting them down and just enjoying it.

"I was trying to control myself because I wanted to just park the car and jump out and do cartwheels.

"But I kept it going and the fans were just fantastic - this is my first time coming to Canada and they really have been fantastic supporters.

"It was extremely emotional to get the win. It's been brilliant, first to get my first pole and then the first win."

Hamilton dedicated his victory to his father Anthony, who has looked after his career for the last 15 years and at one time held down three jobs in order to help fund his son's career.

"Without him this wouldn't have been possible," he added.

There will be other times when it will be my turn to have a good race and the rest will have all the bad luck

Fernando Alonso

His victory in Montreal took him eight points clear of McLaren team-mate and defending world champion Fernando Alonso in the driver standings, raising the startling prospect of him winning the title in his debut season.

"The next dream is to win the world championship," he admitted. "But 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 hope there won't but it is bound to happen, that's just the way it goes.

"There'll be good days and there'll be bad days but at the moment I'm pretty consistent and that's down to the team and the fact I've got a very well grounded family."

It is such a shame about the beaver - it had it in for me I'm sure

Anthony Davidson

Alonso cursed the effect the safety car had on the race, saying: "It always makes the races a lottery and you need luck.

"I had to stop on lap 24, and the safety car came out on lap 24, I had to stop on lap 49-50 and it came out on lap 47, and that was the race for me.

"My team-mate benefited the most. As I said, the safety car is a lottery and there can't be a race where you are more out of luck than I have been.

"There will be other times when it will be my turn to have a good race and the rest will have all the bad luck."

Meanwhile, Briton Anthony Davidson was cursing his luck after hitting a beaver on lap 37, while in third place, although he still equalled his highest finish, coming 11th.

"It is such a shame about the beaver. It had it in for me I'm sure," he said.

"I couldn't even see it at high speed and I could not understand why I suddenly locked up the front tyres and so I had to come into the pit lane."

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