A new formula one star was born when British rookie driver Lewis Hamilton, in only the sixth F1 race of his career, drove to glory by winning the Canadian Grand Prix. It was an astounding show by the McLaren-Mercedes driver, who led right from the beginning and staved off all challenges to drive away with his first Grand Prix title. Hamilton’s triumph vindicated his talent and the 22-year-old British driver proved his podium finishes in each of his first five races were not just flashes in the pan. The bubbly youngster was ecstatic after the win and was quite emotional. He said, I’m having a fantastic day, this is historic. I was trying to control myself on the last lap. I just wanted to stop the car and jump out. 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. I saw him when I was on the podium and could see he had a tear in his eye. It felt very emotional. With the title in his pocket, Hamilton burst into dance on top of his car after he had become the first black driver to achieve the feat. Hamilton was inducted in McLaren’s driver development programme back in 1998 at the tender age of 13 and the driver has finally lived up to the team’s expectations.