BBC Sport - Crashes, drama and surprise in Formula 1's best opening races

F1's spectacular season openers

Ahead of the first Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne, BBC Sport takes a look back at some of Formula 1's most spectacular opening races.

Highlights include Alain Prost's recovery from a puncture to take victory in the 1982 South African Grand Prix, Nigel Mansell's surprise win in his first race for Ferrari and Jacques Villeneuve narrowly failing to win for Williams on his debut in 1996.

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