by Russell Atkins

Anthony Hamilton has spoken about the "special day" in Montreal as he watched son Lewis take his maiden Formula 1 victory in the Canadian Grand Prix - and insists it will be the first of many, many more to come.

The 22-year-old triumphed in only his sixth start in the top flight, with a lights-to-flag success that left even reigning double world champion team-mate Fernando Alonso well and truly in the shade and - more importantly still - established the young Brit with an eight point championship lead at the top of the drivers' standings.

"It's a special day for us for sure," Hamilton Snr told reporters at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve following the end of the race, "but I think it's also a special day for a lot of people, both Formula 1 fans and non-Formula 1 fans. It's a story of an ordinary guy made good.

"It's a family win, a McLaren win and Ron Dennis' win. It's a combination of all that and all the hard work and sacrifices from over the years and I'm very proud. The only problem is I don't think there are enough superlatives to describe how we feel today. The smile just says it all."

Praising his son's refreshingly down-to-earth attitude that has won him a legion of supporters around the globe, Mr Hamilton said it had been a long and arduous track to the top, but added that now Lewis was there, he would not squander the opportunity.

"We have always just taken everything one day at a time," he stated. "In the beginning karting was all we cared about.

"If you start to become somebody you're not you will fall flat on your face. You never stop learning, and Lewis learned a lot today with all the safety cars. I'm sure he has gained a lot of experience from that. He won the race four times over when at each safety car appearance he could have lost it.

"Many more wins will come, and championships will follow. Don't bet against Lewis."



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