There is something unnerving about Lewis Hamilton. It's not his speed, his consistency, his maturity, his ability to learn new tracks immediately, or even his ability to put the car right on the line but not over it. Instead, it's his ability to exceed expectations and answer questions even as they are being posed.
Every new rookie who arrives in Formula One with championship-winning credentials is subjected to the same checklist of empirical criteria before their star status is acknowledged - first pole position, first fastest lap, first podium finish, first win, first win in the wet, first clean sweep of pole-fastest lap-win, first championship. On the flip-side of the star equation are the first major accident, first victory thrown away by unforced driver error, and instances of being dominated by his teammate.
Lewis Hamilton returns to the pits after winning the Canadian Grand Prix © LAT
Hamilton has so far avoided the negatives while checking off the pluses with unseemly haste - first podium on debut in Australia, first fastest lap one race later in Malaysia, first rookie in history to finish his first four races all on the podium, only driver in 2007 to finish all races so far on the podium.
Despite that unprecedented success, there were still questions about his ability to turn in dominant performances. They were not serious questions about his ability, just niggles that, prior to the Canadian GP weekend, he'd not taken a pole position, and had led all five of his career GP without converting any into a win. Almost any top tier driver can rack up podium finishes in a fast and reliable car. It's the ability to turn podium finishes into wins that separate the Sennas and Schumachers from the pack.