Your classic grand prix - race four
We have chosen the 1983 US Grand Prix West as the highlighted race for the fourth edition of our classic grand prix series this year, ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.
You can make a strong case for any of our choices - Alan Jones's fightback to victory in Argentina in 1980, Ayrton Senna's stunning maiden victory in a torrential downpour in Portugal in 1985, Fernando Alonso's brilliant defence of the lead from Michael Schumacher at Imola in 2005 and Sebastian Vettel's domination in China last year.
But John Watson's incredible victory for McLaren from 23rd on the grid at Long Beach was the overwhelming choice among respondents to this blog and, while the other races were great options, there is no doubt in my mind it was the right choice.
Watson was always renowned for being a great racer - and the Northern Irishman's overtaking skills were never seen to better effect than in this race. He and McLaren team-mate Niki Lauda, who qualified one place ahead of Watson, scythed through the field for one of the most remarkable upturns in F1 history. In fact, this is the furthest back on the grid from which any man has ever won a grand prix.
The 'Grand Prix' programme from Long Beach '83 is embedded here, with the shorter highlights of it and the other races below the video.
WATCH SHORT HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 1980 ARGENTINE GRAND PRIX
WATCH SHORT HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 1983 US GRAND PRIX WEST
WATCH SHORT HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 1985 PORTUGUESE GRAND PRIX
WATCH SHORT HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2005 SAN MARINO GRAND PRIX
WATCH SHORT HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2009 CHINESE GRAND PRIX
In the UK, the highlights will be available on satellite and cable television from 1500 BST on Wednesday 14 April and will be shown until midnight on Friday 16 April. They will be available on Freeview on Thursday, 15th April from 1900 BST until 2200 BST.
Watson remembers that the foundations for victory on the Long Beach street circuit were laid before the event.
"It all started at the previous race in Brazil, the first race of the year," he told me on Wednesday. "I was supposed to be going on a Marlboro promotional tour of South America after Rio, and we were going to visit Argentina.
"But this was not long after the Falklands War and the British press got wind of it and they said: 'Listen, Wattie, our boys were killed out there and if you go down to Argentina we're going to write it up and it's not going to be pretty.'
"So I told Marlboro I couldn't go - Niki went with Keke Rosberg and Andrea de Cesaris while I went straight to Long Beach, and in that week I had the full and undivided attention of Willi Dungl."
Dungl was a trainer who was years ahead of his time, combining diet and fitness in a way that is commonplace in F1 now, but certainly was not then. A fellow Austrian, he had come to F1 when Lauda made his comeback from two years in retirement in 1982, and in 1983 he had effectively become McLaren's team trainer.
"In that week," Watson says, "we did all the exercises, and the diet, and by the time we got to the weekend of the grand prix I felt physically and mentally great.
"The reason we qualified so far back was that the Michelin tyres we were using at the time were more biased towards the turbo-charged cars, particularly the Renaults with their extra power and, especially, weight.
"Our car had the normally aspirated Cosworth engine, and it was very easy on the tyres in low-fuel configuration, so we weren't able to make use of the qualifying tyre and there were long faces all round after we qualified outside the top 20.
"But when we put full fuel in it added weight, and the extra energy going through the tyres put heat into them, and the qualities of the car became apparent.
"At the start of the race, Niki was just ahead of me, and every time he made a pass I made sure I doppelganged him. About half way through I decided it was a race I was going to win, and I went for it.
"One of the brakes grabbed as I dived inside him, and my car sort of lurched towards his, which he took as an aggressive move, but it wasn't, it was just the uneven surface. And that was it - we went on to finish one-two.
"(Team boss) Ron Dennis and (Marlboro boss) John Hogan were absolutely speechless, and after the race Willi Dungl said to me: 'I knew you could win today - in the last few days I could see your potential, what you were capable of doing.'
"I give Willi Dungl a lot of the credit for the win, actually. When you're physically strong, you're mentally strong, and then you have a positive attitude.
"Throughout my career, I understood the philosophy of the overtake - you get inside someone's head, you bully them, do lots of things to make them think you'll pass them.
"On a track like Long Beach, it's easy to defend and not always easy to pass. But the key was we made the overtakes in a positive way, and we weren't ever bottled up. The car was perfect, and I felt positive and strong, and maybe I'd had the unfair advantage.
"Niki had been off with Keke in South America. They had a great time, and Niki had done all the flying himself in his plane, whereas I'd had a week with Dungl getting prepared."