Remember the chaotic start to 2002 Australian GP

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Mar 4, 2019, 12:26 PM

With the 2019 Formula 1 season fast approaching, we recall the start of the 2002 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

Shortly after the race got underway, Williams driver Ralf Schumacher was launched into the air when he clattered onto the back of Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello on the run down to turn 1.

The ensuing chaos took out a total of eight cars from the race in a matter of seconds. In addition to Schumacher and Barrichello, Giancarlo Fisichella (Jordan), Allan McNish (Toyota), Olivier Panis (BAR), Jenson Button (Renault) and the Saubers of Felipe Massa and Nick Heidfeld retired as a direct consequence of the incident.

In the end, only eight cars made it to the chequered flag, with F1 legend Michael Schumacher taking the victory from Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams) and Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren).

 

 

 

 

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