The day McLaren put history in motion...

On this day in 2006, McLaren put history in motion when it gave 21-year-old Lewis Hamilton his big F1 break.

The reigning GP2 champion - who had joined McLaren's young driver programme at 13 - was set to become the first black driver to compete in F1, a "dream come true" achievement for the young man from Stevenage.

McLaren boss Ron Dennis downplayed expectations in the short term however, insisting that promoting Hamilton to race alongside two-time world champion Fernando Alonso was a gamble.

"Statistically, Lewis is going to find it tough in the first few races of his Grand Prix career," Dennis said.

"You only have to look at the first few races of Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher to realise that unless he is something really exceptional, and that I doubt because they are two really exceptional drivers, you can't expect - and nor do we expect - immediate performance."

Thirteen years, 83 wins and six world championship titles later, perhaps "exceptional" isn't enough to qualify the talented Mr. Hamilton.