Winners’ circle:

Thierry Boutsen wins the last race of the 1989 Formula One season: the Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide, driving the Williams FW13. Most drivers, including Mr. Bousten, felt that the race should have been postponed due to the heavy rain. At the end, only eight of the 24 starting drivers were left driving for this reason.


On this day in 2002, chaos ensued at the first corner of the Australian Grand Prix. The Williams of Ralf Schumacher locked up and ran into the rear of Rubens Barrichello’s Ferrari. This crash caused 8 cars, including Ralf’s and Rubens’ cars to retire. This race also saw a small, Australian rookie by the name of Mark Webber get his first points, and Minardi’s only points of that year on his debut, and in front of his home crowd.