Your classic grand prix
The latest edition of our classic grand prix series proved one of the most popular yet - and the decision of which race to highlight before Singapore this weekend one of the most difficult.
As there has only been one Singapore Grand Prix, we took a different approach this time and included in our choice alongside highlights of what is now one of the most notorious F1 events in history four great races from tracks no longer on the calendar - France 1979, Austria 1982, Dallas 1984 and Mexico 1990.
It was always going to be tough to choose between those events, for all are true all-time classics. But I have to admit I was surprised at how you all responded. (In this blog, incidentally, I will also give details of next week's classic Japanese GP choice - but more of that later).
I was expecting France 1979 to be a hands-down winner this time because of the spectacular last three laps of racing between Ferrari legend Gilles Villeneuve and Renault's Rene Arnoux. But actually that race came last in the popular 'vote' which we use to influence - if not decide - which event to make our feature.
That is less a reflection on the famous duel, which remains as breathtaking as ever 30 years on, than it is of the fact that it is so famous. As so many of you pointed out, almost everyone who follows Formula 1 knows about Villeneuve v Arnoux at Dijon in '79 and, more to the point, has seen it already. And the rest of the race was not, it has to be admitted, that brilliant.
Of the remaining three events, I have to admit I thought the incredibly close finish between Elio de Angelis and Keke Rosberg at Austria's stunning Osterreichring in 1982 - just 0.05 seconds separated them at the line - would swing the vote. But although it did win favour with quite a number of you, it was left trailing by the final two races - Dallas 1984 and Mexico 1990.
Both were incredibly eventful, as I described in my blog last week, and it is difficult to choose between them - it was pretty much a dead heat as far as your picks were concerned as well.
Personally, if I had to choose one of them, I would go for Mexico 1990, which included Alain Prost's brilliant victory from 13th on the grid and his Ferrari team-mate Nigel Mansell's audacious overtaking manoeuvre around the outside of Gerhard Berger's McLaren at the daunting 150mph Peraltada corner.
Dallas was more of a demolition derby on a disintegrating track surface, with the exceptions of Williams driver Keke Rosberg's cool drive to victory and Arnoux's aggressive climb through the field to finish second for Ferrari.
We have decided in the end to show the full Grand Prix programme of the time for both races, as well as the shorter highlights edits of all five choices. All the highlights will also be available on the BBC red button this week. They will be on satellite and cable from 1700 on Wednesday 23 September until 1300 on Friday 25 September. And they will be available on Freeview channel 301 from 1700 on Wednesday 23 September until 10am on Thursday 24 September.
When you are watching the full Mexico programme, you will notice that it jumps forward quite significantly at one point - and that means you miss eventual winner Prost passing Ferrari team-mate Nigel Mansell, among other things.
This is because the broadcast at the time was planned to start with highlights of the early part of the race before switching to show the end of the race live.
The problem was that the longer the race went on, the more exciting it got, and the restrictions in technology at the time meant making the switch was more difficult than it would be today.
The producer of the programme was Mark Wilkin, now the BBC's F1 editor. Here is his explanation of what happened:
"It became clear while we were playing out the early highlights of the race that the latter stages were going to be really exciting.
"We had an edit of what had happened so far on a tape that was going to air as the excitement was building live. I felt it was more important to be live for the closing laps than it was to show the highlights of the missing laps. That was when Prost got into, I think, second place. And so the programme jumped forward. The explanation offered by James Hunt was 'now we can go live', as I recall.
"Modern technology would make it easier to have seamless coverage even in those circumstances but we simply couldn't shorten anything once it was on air in those days (because it was on a physical tape) so the choice was to miss everything live (and probably incur an overrun) or get live. That meant at least we were live for Mansell's amazing pass of Gerhard Berger around the outside of Peraltada."
Watch short highlights of the 1979 French Grand Prix
Watch short highlights of the 1982 Austrian Grand Prix
Watch short highlights of the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix
Watch short highlights of the 1990 Mexican Grand Prix
Watch short highlights of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix
Because Singapore and Japan are back-to-back this year, I also have to give you at this point our five choices for classic Japanese Grands Prix. And, in my opinion, so brilliant have so many Japanese races been, that all of these are all-time greats.
The first choice is the inaugural Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji in 1976, the race in which Hunt won his world championship in dramatic circumstances following the decision of title rival Niki Lauda to retire after just two laps because he felt conditions were too dangerous to continue.
The next choice is the famous 1989 race at Suzuka, which culminated in the first of two title-deciding collisions between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost at the race.
Next, it is the 1994 race, when Damon Hill drove his greatest race to beat Michael Schumacher in the wet on aggregated time after a mid-race stoppage to set up the famous title showdown in Adelaide.
We also have the on-the-limit duel in 2000 between Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen at the end of which the German ended Ferrari's 21-year wait for the drivers' world title - and which Schumacher himself has said was probably his toughest ever race.
And finally there is the astonishing 2005 Japanese Grand Prix, which was thrilling from start to finish after the front-runners all started at the back because of rain halfway through qualifying. For some reason, perhaps because Renault's Fernando Alonso had already won that year's championship, this race is less well known than some of the others, so I will give you some more of the back story.
It features brilliant drives from McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen, who won from 17th on the grid after passing Giancarlo Fisichella's Renault on the last lap, and Alonso, who probably would have won from 16th had he not been delayed unfairly by some indecision by the officials over whether he should let backmarker Christian Klien back past him after passing him by missing the chicane.
And the crowning moments of both those performances were two stunning overtaking manoeuvres - Raikkonen's around the outside of Fisichella at Turn One on the last lap and Alonso's around the outside of Michael Schumacher at 130R midway through the race.
Both are among the greatest overtaking manoeuvres in the history of F1.
I've always thought Alonso's was the better move. His speed at the apex of the corner as he completed the pass was 208mph and it takes incredible bravery to overtake a driver as uncompromising as Schumacher in that fashion, knowing that if he does not give way there is going to be an aircraft-style accident from which there is a fair chance at least one of you is not going to come out alive.
Just how much bravery was clear in an interview Alonso gave my friend and colleague Nigel Roebuck later that year. Roebuck asked him about that move and why the Spaniard had plucked up the courage to try it in the knowledge of some of the stunts Schumacher had pulled in the past. Alonso said: "In those situations, I always remember that Michael has two kids."
Great though Alonso's pass was, though, BBC 5 Live pundit and former F1 driver Anthony Davidson told me over a beer in Valencia this year that he thought Raikkonen's was even better, in the sense that Anthony felt Schumacher had no choice but to give way, whereas pulling off what Raikkonen did was technically harder because Fisichella had more chance to resist.
Either way, they were two great moves in a great race, which is just one of five great choices. I look forward to reading your views.