Your classic grand prix - race three
We have chosen the 2001 Malaysian Grand Prix as our highlighted event for the third edition of our classic races series this year.
Although the general perception is that Kuala Lumpur's Sepang circuit , like many of Formula 1's new generation of purpose-built tracks, does not produce particularly good races, most of the five choices we gave you to debate were actually very good. And 2001 was rather better than that.
Schumacher and team-mate Rubens Barrichello led early on, but they slid off the track in tandem while going through a quick right-hander and both were lucky to make it back to the pits.
By the time they did, the rain was bucketing it down, as it so often can in Malaysia, and this was where Ferrari made the decision that won them the race.
Ferrari's stops - with Barrichello and Schumacher stacked in line astern - were a bit of a mess, but by the end of them both cars had been fitted with intermediate tyres. In contrast, most of the other leading runners chose full wets.
With the circuit well and truly soaked, Ferrari's decision looked initially as if it might backfire. But the safety car was sent out to control the race until the rain had abated, which meant conditions were perfect for the lighter-treaded intermediates by the time it pulled in.
The two men were 10th and 11th - with Barrichello ahead - at the restart, but Schumacher quickly passed his Brazilian team-mate and both men proceeded to cut through the field like a knife through butter.
The action was good throughout the field and the race was one of the best produced by this demanding track.
The highlights are embedded below, with the other four choices, brief details of which I gave in last week's blog, linked below. There are no half-hour highlights this week because the selected race - which, as regular readers of this blog will know, we choose after looking at which event respondents are most enthusiastic about - was from the era when ITV had the rights to F1.
WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2002 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX HERE
WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2003 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX HERE
WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2005 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX HERE
WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2009 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX HERE
You will notice that in two of the races - 2002 and 2003 - we have asked our F1 commentator Jonathan Legard to voice the highlights, and have blended his reportage with Martin Brundle and Ted Kravitz's analysis from the live race coverage at the time.
This is because it is our policy to only use BBC commentators on our F1 coverage, and we do not have the 5 Live commentary from those races for various reasons.
I know some of you don't like this approach, but I'm afraid there is no prospect of it changing.
Let's hope Sunday's race at Sepang can live up to the thrills and spills 2001 and some of its other predecessors.
The classic races choices for the Chinese Grand Prix, which is two weeks after Malaysia, will be published on this blog next week.