We’re in our first race week of 2017 as the Formula 1 season prepares for lights out at Melbourne.
The perfect curtain raiser to a year of racing, Albert Park has thrown up some top races over the years, whilst the country has also given us those races that took place during other times of the year at Adelaide.
So, as we head towards Sunday, it’s time to take a look at thef1apex.com’s top 5 Australian GPs starting with this one from 2003…
Much like this season’s race, the 2003 Grand Prix welcomed in a new set of rules in a bid to shake-up the dominance of a runaway team.
The early signs, too, were that things had worked as a wet-dry race threw up all kinds of action.
Naturally, then, it was a race about who got their strategy and tyre calls right and it was Mclaren who achieved the feat as they scythed through the field.
Whilst Michael Schumacher was busy losing bargeboards and Rubens Barrichello suffered a spectacular crash, the then Silver Arrows of David Coulthard navigated through the trouble, profited from Juan Pablo Montoya’s unforced spin and crossed the line. This was made even more impressive by the fact that he’d started 11th on the grid.
It was the first time Schumacher had been off the podium since 2001 in Monza, meanwhile, whilst it would also prove to be Coulthard’s last F1 win as he led home Montoya and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
F1 2003 had firmly arrived!