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Bring Back V10s: Minardi’s greatest day and the end of Prost

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
1 min read

The 2002 Formula 1 season was such a walkover for Ferrari that it didn’t even need to bring its latest car to win the opening grand prix in Australia.

But that Melbourne weekend wasn’t quite that simple, as Edd Straw, Ben Anderson and Glenn Freeman discuss in the latest episode of our Bring Back V10s classic F1 tales podcast.

It’s best known equally for a spectacularly destructive first-corner crash that began with Ralf Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello and for the incredible Mark Webber/Minardi result that the shunt opened the door to.

There was also a huge amount going on in the paddock, including the final collapse of Prost Grand Prix – which prompted drastic proclamations from FIA president Max Mosley and a slightly bizarre attempt to rescue the Alain Prost-founded team.

And this period was also the beginning of the end of Jacques Villeneuve’s relationship with BAR, amid major changes at the team that was once built around him.

ASK US ANYTHING (about 1989-2005 F1): Submit your questions for our series finale using #BringBackV10s on Twitter or email bringbackv10s@the-race.com

Bring Back V10s is available through all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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