Your classic grand prix - race two
We have chosen the 1990 Australian Grand Prix as our highlighted event for the second edition of our classic races series this year.
It was actually the 500th world championship Formula 1 grand prix, and it provided a fitting spectacle for such an important milestone.
The F1 field was particularly strong in 1990, with all-time greats Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet all in front-running cars (thereby having echoes of this season's line-up of Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button all competing at the front).
It was a gripping season, in which Senna and Prost fought out a third consecutive bitter world title battle.
This had ended the previous race in Japan with the Brazilian's McLaren spearing into the back of the Frenchman's Ferrari at 160mph at the first corner of the Japanese Grand Prix, thereby settling the title in Senna's favour, and leaving Australia to stage a final event free of the tension of a championship showdown.
Any fears of a damp squib were quickly dispelled, though, as the leading drivers went at it hammer-and-tongs around the streets of Adelaide, which was hosting the sixth of its 11 Australian Grands Prix before Melbourne took over in 1996.
Senna led for much of the grand prix, and spent a large portion of it battling with Prost's Ferrari team-mate Nigel Mansell, with Piquet's Benetton in a comfortable third place.
The battle between Senna and Mansell ended just after half distance on lap 43 when the Englishman made a mistake and went up an escape road, before making a pit stop for tyres.
That left Senna in first place from Piquet, who assumed the lead when a gearbox glitch put Senna into the tyre barrier with 20 laps to go, but there was to be no easy cruise to the flag for the older Brazilian.
Mansell, charging on his fresh tyres, quickly caught Piquet. There was no love lost between these two after a stormy two years as Williams team-mates in 1986-7, but although Mansell tried everything - including a last-lap lunge that nearly resulted in contact - the wily Piquet held on to take his penultimate F1 victory.
The full 'Grand Prix' highlights programme from the time is embedded here, with the shorter highlights packages just below. I hope you enjoy watching them. (It's worth mentioning, incidentally, that as there was no 5 live commentary for the 2003 race, Jonathan Legard has voiced the highlights, and we have interspersed Jonathan's report with Martin Brundle's analysis from the time).
WATCH SHORT HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 1985 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
WATCH SHORT HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 1990 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
WATCH SHORT HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 1995 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
WATCH SHORT HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2003 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
WATCH SHORT HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2009 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
(Interestingly, by the way, the full 1990 'Grand Prix' programme starts with an interview with Senna in which he disingenuously tries to justify the crash in Japan - remarks he was to reveal were a sham a year later when he admitted that he deliberately took the Frenchman out, and had planned the move before the race).
The classic races highlights will be availabe on satellite and cable TV in the UK on the BBC red button from 1800 GMT on Wednesday 24 March until the end of qualifying on Saturday 27 March.
They will be available on Freeview from 2100-2300 on Wednesday and from 2030-2130 on Thursday 25 March.
Now, because the Australian and Malaysian Grands Prix are back-to-back, I also have to give you our five selections for Malaysia here.
We have already used 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007 and 2008 for last year's Malaysia classic races, so the choice is necessarily restricted given that the race only returned to the calendar. But there are still some fascinating events on which to draw in our five choices.
They are as follows:
2001 - a crushing demonstration of wet-weather superiority by Michael Schumacher and Ferrari as the German recovered from an early off-course excursion on oil in the drizzle which left him down in 11th place. A subsequent typically Malaysian monsoon downpour provided Schumacher with exactly the sort of conditions in which he so often revelled.
2002 - A Michelin-influenced one-two for Williams drivers Ralf Schmacher and Juan Pablo Montoya, enlivened by a controversial drive-through penalty for the Colombian following a first-lap collision with Michael Schumacher's Ferrari.
2003 - a dominant victory for Kimi Raikkonen's McLaren after a first-lap mistake by Michael Schumacher took him out of the reckoning with a broken front wing. The race was also notable for an impressive podium finish by Renault's Fernando Alonso, despite a high fever that left him with vision so blurred that he had to ask his engineers to radio him the information on his pit board because he could not see it!
2005 - a dominant win for Alonso at the start of a year he would end as the sport's youngest world champion.
2009 - Jenson Button wins for Brawn as a downpour causes chaos and the race to be stopped early.