At the end of an incident-charged Canadian Grand Prix, Robert Kubica has emerged with his maiden win, the maiden win for BMW-Sauber and, backed up by team-mate Nick Heidfeld, the team’s first one-two finish. This is a stunning achievement.

Some will say that the team benefited from the misfortunes of others (principally Hamilton (McLaren) who crashed into the rear of Raikkonen (Ferrari) at the first round of pit stops). But such charges are rarely fair on those who rise to the top. An old motor racing adage comes to mind:

“To finish first, first you must finish.”

Kubica’s win comes exactly one year after his very close shave in last year’s race: