Classic Australian GPs on Sky Sports F1

Seven memorable races to put you in the mood for Melbourne

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 10/03/14 4:11pm

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Classic F1 returns on Monday night with memorable races in Australia each night of the week to put you in the mood for the new season.

First up on Monday at 9pm is Australia's debut on the Formula 1 calendar with the 1985 race from the streets of Adelaide. Ayrton Senna started from pole, but with just three drivers finishing on the lead lap and eight classified finishers, it certainly was a race of attrition.

On Tuesday you will be treated to a three-way title fight at the final round of the 1986 season as Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet and Alain Prost all headed to Adelaide with a chance of the Drivers' Championship. Mansell qualified on pole for Williams, but who would be leading at the chequered flag and take the title?

The championship may have been decided heading to Australia in 1987, but Adelaide served up another storming race, with just seven drivers classified as finishers! You see that race a 9pm on Wednesday.

It was a little wet at Adelaide in 1989

Next up on Thursday at 9pm is the 1989 Australian GP where a dark cloud was hanging over McLaren following Senna and Prost's collision at the preceding Japanese Grand Prix and the Brazilian's subsequent disqualification. That wasn't the only cloud hanging over the circuit, however, as heavy rain ahead of the race lead to some drivers questioning whether the race should go ahead - Prost withdrew from the race after just one lap because of the conditions. The race went ahead though and you'll have to tune in to see who was leading as the race reached its two hour limit.

On Friday night we move to Melbourne for the 1996 grand prix and the first on the Albert Park Circuit. Williams locked-out the front row in qualifying, but it was Martin Brundle who made the headlines with a spectacular crash after just three corners.

Martin Brundle's Jordan breaks in half in 1996

On Saturday we head back to Adelaide for the 1994 showdown between Williams' Damon Hill and Benetton's Michael Schumacher. Mansell started on pole in the second Williams, with Schumacher and Hill just behind in second and third.

Finally on Sunday, it is the 1990 Australian GP and tensions between Prost and newly crowned World Champion Senna were once again high after the pair had once again collided in the preceding Japanese GP - this time at the first corner, handing the title to the Brazilian. Senna lined-up on pole ahead of McLaren team-mate Gerhard Berger, with the Ferrari's of Mansell and Prost completing the second row.

Classic Australian Grands Prix on Sky Sports F1

Monday March 10
9pm - 1985 Australian GP

Tuesday March 11
9pm - 1986 Australian GP

Wednesday March 12
9pm - 1987 Australian GP

Thursday March 13
9pm - 1989 Australian GP

Friday March 14
9pm - 1996 Australian GP

Saturday March 15
9pm - 1994 Australian GP

Sunday March 16
9pm - 1990 Australian GP

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