Your classic German Grand Prix
The winning choices for the German edition of our classic grand prix series have just about everything you could hope for in a Formula 1 race.
The five selected races - 1961, 1982, 1991, 2000 and 2008 - might have been controversial among some of the readers of this blog, but there is no doubt that between them they provided a colourful picture of the richness of the thrills on offer in this sport. Which is kind of the idea.
But the 1982 race, which has become famous for the physical assault launched by world champion Nelson Piquet on backmarker Eliseo Salazar, was also very popular. So we have decided to make the full "Grand Prix" highlights programme from that race available as well.
There is no doubt, in my opinion, that the 2000 German Grand Prix was the most exciting race of the choices we offered. You can watch the highlights here:
I was at Hockenheim that day, and it is a race I will never forget. Not least because I struggle to think of a grand prix victory that was more universally popular throughout those involved in the sport.
Barrichello is one of the most liked people in F1 but by that race it had been more than eight years since he made his debut, and there were those who wondered whether he would ever break his duck.
Rubens himself was not one of them. When he joined Ferrari at the start of 2000, he believed it was only a matter of time - even though he was well aware that the chance would only come when team leader Michael Schumacher was taken out of the picture.
When that day at Hockenheim dawned, it did not look as if it would be the Brazilian's day - he lined up 18th on the grid after problems in qualifying. But a brilliant first part of the race, in which he overtook car after car, moved him up into a position to benefit from a safety car period, which was prompted when a "lunatic", as Murray Walker put it, wandered on to the track.
It started light, but soon began to get quite heavy, although not all parts of the 4.2-mile track were affected. Hakkinen and Trulli decided to fit wet-weather tyres, but Barrichello felt it was worth gambling staying on dries and it paid off magnificently.
It was a brilliant drive - and a better way to win one's first grand prix is hard to imagine. For Barrichello, always an emotional man, it was too much. As he stood on the podium listening to the Brazilian national anthem, he was overcome and started sobbing with the sheer relief and joy of it all.
Alongside him, Hakkinen and his McLaren team-mate David Coulthard knew what it meant, and they hoisted the little man onto their shoulders in celebration. In the media centre, Barrichello got a standing ovation and, once the interviews were over, he was cheered back to the Ferrari motorhome in the paddock as well.
The 1982 race could hardly have been more different. Rain was in the air then, too, although it never fell in the race, but the heavy clouds matched the atmosphere of one of the darkest weekends in one of F1's bleakest years.
Ferrari driver Didier Pironi arrived in Hockenheim that weekend leading the world championship - and hot favourite to win the title in a car that had become the class of the field.
But in a soaking wet practice session on Saturday morning, the Frenchman suffered a horrendous accident, running unsighted into the back of Alain Prost's Renault, somersaulting through the air and cartwheeling into the barriers. His legs were gravely injured - the doctors considered on-the-scene amputation only for Prost to plead with them not to go ahead - and Pironi's season was over. In fact, he never raced again, and was killed in a powerboat accident in 1987.
Pironi's accident left Patrick Tambay as the sole Ferrari representative. Tambay had got his drive as a replacement for his close friend, the legendary Gilles Villeneuve, who had been killed at the Belgian Grand Prix earlier in the season following a dispute with Pironi.
Villeneuve's death was the first of two fatalities that season. Italian novice Riccardo Paletti had been killed at the Canadian Grand Prix in June - his car was engulfed in flames after crashing into the stalled car of Pironi at the start.
So with Pironi out of the picture, the race was fundamentally between the Brabham-BMW of Nelson Piquet, the Renaults of Rene Arnoux and Alain Prost and Tambay. You can watch the full "Grand Prix" programme from 1982 here:
Watch short highlights of the 1961 German Grand Prix
Watch short highlights of the 1982 German Grand Prix
Watch short highlights of the 1991 German Grand Prix
Watch short highlights of the 2008 German Grand Prix
(The races will be available in the UK on the red button on satellite and cable from 1400 on Thursday until 0830 on Friday, and again from 2000 on Friday until 1400 on Saturday. Unfortunately, there is no available space on Freeview).
This was the year that Brabham decided to reintroduce refuelling to F1 - and it led to some fascinating races in which either Piquet or his team-mate Riccardo Patrese streaked away at the front in the first half of the race as they tried to make up enough time to stop for fuel and fresh tyres and stay in front.
Amazingly, it was never possible to find out because any number of situations occurred to stop the Brabhams seeing their strategy through to the end. Usually, it was because they broke down. And they may have done that in Hockenheim, too, but this time fate intervened in a different way.
Coming up to lap Salazar's ATS shortly before he was due to make his stop, Piquet tried to go around the outside into the second chicane, the Ostkurve, only for the Brabham's left rear tyre to catch the right front of the Salazar's car and pitch them both out of the race.
Piquet - who had also stopped at the scene of Pironi's accident the day before - was livid, leapt out of his car, and kicked out at Salazar and punched him on the head, the pointlessness of doing so when the Chilean still had his helmet only emphasising his rage.
Tambay, meanwhile, had quietly dispensed with the two Renaults and motored on to a serene and cathartic victory.
Now, to wrap up, I will address your concerns about the five races we chose in the first place.
The idea is to give a nice selection of races that whets people's appetite for what's to come. We know we will leave some good races out - sometimes that is deliberate, sometimes it is because we forgot about them. In this case, it is a mixture of both.
But that doesn't matter. Firstly, because it generates debate. And secondly, because we actively want you to make your suggestions as to the races we have missed - and that's because we intend to continue this feature next year.
We're glad you like it, and we're thrilled to be able to bring it to you - and that we have many more classic grands prix to show you over the rest of our contract to show F1.