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 continuing with this one from 1986…
We saw yesterday how the Australian GP hasn’t always been the opener to an F1 season but also the final act.
Indeed, like in 1994, the 1986 edition was the final race of the year, coming at Adelaide, with greats of the sport going up against each other.
Unlike 8 years later, though, 1986 had three pretenders to the crown with great rivals Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet split in the standings by defending champion Alain Prost.
The three vied for position throughout the race behind leader Keke Rosberg and, when he retired on lap 63, the trio’s fight became one for the top step on the podium.
Only a lap later, though, one of the most iconic moments in the sport occurred as Mansell’s left-tyre exploded and, with it, his World Championship hopes.
Spooked by this the Williams team brought Piquet into the pits to change his tyres – allowing Prost to take the lead and, despite a late charge from the Brazilian, it was the Frenchman who took his second crown.