Sunday 10th June 2007
Lewis Hamilton’s first F1 win came in the Canadian Grand Prix, a race littered with safety car periods – one for an absolutely colossal accident involving Robert Kubica. The Pole was attempting to pass Jarno Trulli but ran into the back of the Toyota at the kink before the hairpin, sending his car into a frightening series of barrel rolls. The car disintegrated around him and his feet were left hanging out of the end of the nose. Remarkably, all he suffered was a concussion and a sprained ankle and ended up missing just a single race.
As Hamilton won the race ahead of Nick Heidfeld and Alex Wurz, Fernando Alonso had a bit of a nightmare. He’d gone off the circuit trying to pass Hamilton at the first corner and then the number of safety cars (four in total) ended up working against his strategy. This left him on a less favourable tyre compound at the end of the race, allowing Takuma Sato – who’d run the entire race brilliantly for Super Aguri – to pass him for sixth place in the closing stages.