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 finishing with this classic from 2002…
2002 was not a vintage year in terms of excitement.
Ferrari and Michael Schumacher waltzed to the title in record time but the opening race of the season suggested we were in for a classic year.
The first corner generated one of the most almighty shunts as Ralf Schumacher speared off behind Rubens Barrichello going into the first corner.
Chaos ensued behind as plenty of the midfield ran into one another leaving eight cars out of action before a lap had been completed.
Once the mess had been cleared up the two Arrows’ were disqualified from the race whilst Jarno Trulli span off inexplicably into a wall before turn three.
From there, Michael Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya dueled for the lead as David Coulthard faded away with the German going on to win the race.
The real story, though, came from Mark Webber who, in his first F1 race, at his home Grand Prix, took two points for minnows Minardi.
It was a great story, and the Aussie ended up on the podium to take in the adulation from the crowd and those in the pit lane alike.
Time, then, for 2017 to start, and we’re hoping that this year’s Australian GP lives up to our five this week – roll on Sunday!