Alonso's straight fight with Schumacher, Bahrain 2006
Fernando Alonso's victory in the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix is the event we have chosen to highlight in the latest episode in our series of classic Formula 1 races.
Bahrain was the first race of the season that year - Melbourne had been moved as a result of the Commonwealth Games - and it gave the Spaniard an early chance to answer some of his more short-sighted critics.
It had long been clear that Alonso was a driver of the very highest calibre but when he won his first world title in 2005 with Renault there were those who claimed that it was devalued because he had not had to fight Michael Schumacher to win it.
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Ferrari had a nightmare season in 2005 - those were the days of the tyre war between Michelin and Bridgestone, and a rule change that forbade tyre changes had rendered Bridgestone completely uncompetitive.
But the rules were changed back again for 2006 and Ferrari were right back at the front.
Schumacher put his Ferrari on pole in Bahrain, with Alonso's Renault third behind the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa.
The race was set up for the battle everyone had wanted to see in 2005 - the sport's greatest driver against the man who seemed poised to inherit his mantle.
It did not disappoint.
Alonso dispensed with Massa on the first lap and the race quickly distilled to a straight fight between him and Schumacher.
As so often, it came down to the crucial period around a pit stop - the sort of fight the German would always have been expected to win in the past.
Schumacher maintained his lead through the first stops but Alonso, who had been a handful of seconds behind the Ferrari in the first part of the race, quickly closed in.
The race looked his for the taking, especially when Schumacher came in for his final stop before his rival.
But then Alonso encountered traffic which prevented him putting on the charge he had planned before his stop.
As he came into the pits, it was clearly going to be close - and sure enough as the Renault accelerated out of the pits, the Ferrari was looming into view down the pit straight.
They headed into the first corner side by side, with Alonso on the inside - and it was the world champion who won the fight and emerged in the lead.
And that was that. Schumacher was never far behind for the rest of the race, but Alonso always looked to have it under control and duly delivered the win.
The race set the tone for an enthralling season - which did indeed develop into the Schumacher v Alonso fight everyone anticipated.
It got dirty at times, as it so often did with Schumacher-era Ferrari, and there were bitter political battles off the track as well as tough ones on it - plus the usual dubious interventions from race stewards.
But in the end it was Alonso and Renault who kept their nerve and prevailed - the first team and driver to beat Schumacher and Ferrari in a straight fight since Mika Hakkinen and McLaren in 1998.
And anyone who had doubted Alonso's claim to greatness had to think again.