Your classic Brazilian Grand Prix
Our selection of classic Brazilian Grands Prix for the last edition in this series certainly proved controversial.
It was not that many of the respondents on this blog felt we had not chosen five good races, more that they thought there were even better grands prix that should have been included.
I will come back to that argument in a moment, after revealing that the 1982 race at Rio de Janeiro's Jacarepagua circuit is the one we have chosen to highlight this time.
The full 'Grand Prix' highlights programme broadcast on the day of the race is embedded in this blog, and the edited highlights of that race and the four other selections - 1989, 1993, 1994 and 2008 - are linked below it:
Watch short highlights of the 1982 Grand Prix
Watch short highlights of the 1989 Grand Prix
Watch short highlights of the 1993 Grand Prix
Watch short highlights of the 1994 Grand Prix
Watch short highlights of the 2008 Grand Prix
The highlights will be on satellite and cable in the UK from 1800 BST on Wednesday 14 October until 0800 on Thursday 15 October, then from 2100 on Thursday 15 October until 0800 on Friday 16 October. They will be available on Freeview channel 301 from 2200 on Wednesday 14 October until 0530 on Thursday 15 October and from 1200 on Friday 16 October until 1330.
I gave detailed analysis of the events of each race in my blog last week. The 1982 race was one of my personal favourites, and it also proved the most popular of our five choices among respondents on this blog. I hope you enjoy it, and the other selections.
But while 1982 'won' the popular vote out of the five selections we gave you, it seems that would almost certainly not have been the case had we chosen some of the other undoubtedly great Brazilian Grands Prix there have been in more recent years.
In particular, many of you asked why the incident-packed 2003 race, held in mixed conditions which caught out even the great Michael Schumacher, was left out.
It has to be said that the Brazil edition of this classic races series posed a particularly difficult choice.
The Interlagos circuit's layout lends itself to good racing and, looking back, it seems there have been more exciting Brazilian Grands Prix there than there have been dull ones.
It's not just 2003 either - the 1991, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2007 races could all have been included in our selection. And some of them, among others, may well be next year.
As I have repeatedly said on this blog, we have been gratified that this classic grands prix series has been so popular and we certainly plan to continue it. The thing is, we have to take many different things into account when we are making these selections.
We absolutely want to raise anticipation of the event coming up, just as we aim to highlight what a rich history Formula 1 has. So we want to give as diverse a selection as possible. I think these five races fit all those criteria.
We have also listened to the complaints of many of you on this blog that you don't like us to pick too many races from the years when ITV owned the F1 rights, 1997-2008.
Although the shorter highlights packages are repeatedly the most popular, many of the more ardent enthusiasts like to watch the long highlights. We are not able to offer longer highlights on ITV races because these edits are very much more labour intensive than ones on races that were originally broadcast on the BBC - and with the whole of sport to cover we cannot justify the extra resources this would take up.
The reason the edits from the ITV era take longer to produce is that it has been decided that we will only use BBC commentary (or commentary by people the BBC have employed) on these edits. So any race following Murray Walker's retirement in 2001 until ITV lost the rights at the end of last season has to be matched with commentary from Radio 5 Live.
Our selection of these five races, and the fact that we have not chosen some of the classic races from the 2000s, was definitely partly influenced by your views on this issue that so many of you have expressed so strongly.
One of you went so far as to say we "bottled it", so we didn't have to listen to the "moans" of those who complain about 'ITV-era' races being selected because if we choose one as the highlighted race - a decision which is influenced by your views - then you don't get a full half-hour (or more) long version.
My answer to this is simple. We don't see it as "moaning" (the respondent's word, not mine). We welcome and listen to your views, as you have seen over this year. But you must also see we have a dilemma here. If we put in races from the 'ITV era' we get complaints that you'd rather see older races so you get the extended highlights. Yet if we leave them out, as in this case, we get people asking why we have ignored great races. You could forgive us if we occasionally felt that we just can't win!
No matter. You may not have 2003 this time - but don't rule it out in the future - but you do have five classic Brazilian Grands Prix to savour.
If this weekend's race in Sao Paulo is as good as any of them - and there is every reason it could be - we are in for another cracking Sunday.