Although he has to keep pinching himself to make sure that the flying start to his Formula One career is for real, Lewis Hamilton has wasted little time in adjusting his sights following his maiden race win.

The Briton has repeatedly told the media how he waited 13 years to make it to the top flight, initially setting his sights on matching team-mate Fernando Alonso and, when the Spaniard claimed victory in Malaysia, shifting that target to a win of his own. Denied, he thought, in Monaco, he set about making Montreal his own personal playground for the weekend, claiming a first pole and running largely unchallenged to victory.

Having achieved the dream, however, Hamilton has set his next goal about as high as it can go.

"The next dream is obviously to win a Formula One world championship but, at the moment, we have to be realistic again," he insisted, "It's always good to bear in mind that I'm still a rookie and this is my first season. There are going to be some hard times - I hope that there aren't, but it's just bound to happen. It's just the way it goes in this business and there'll be good days and bad days. But at the moment it's been consistent and that's down to the team and all the people around me. I've got a very well-grounded family and I think it works perfectly."

Hamilton was quick to dedicate the victory to the man who had played a big part in his rise to prominence and accompanies him to every race.

"I have to dedicate this win to my Dad because, without him, this would not have been possible," he admitted, "I haven't seen him [since taking the chequered flag] but, obviously, I could see him in the crowd while I was on the podium and it looked like he had a tear in his eye.

"It's obvious that he was extremely proud and you wouldn't believe the amount of work he's put into my career. He had nothing when he was younger. He lost his mum at a young age and just to see his family be successful is a real pleasure to him, so I dedicate this race to him."



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