Shock tyre failures, epic comebacks, impetuous rookies, torrid weather and armed soldiers at the track: just a few of the elements to have distinguished some of Formula 1's most dramatic season openers.
The first race of the season almost inevitably proves to be eventful as new car-driver-team combinations bed down, ring-rusty combatants make seemingly elementary errors, and unproven components either prove to be a decisive advantage or let everyone down.
Edd Straw picks 10 of the best from F1's 61-year history.
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