Weird things happen in Melbourne. In previous years, the amount of incidents, action and upset seen in Grands Prix at the Albert Park track could have perhaps been explained by the event's season opening position. Surely it was just post-winter race rustiness that caused top drivers to do uncharacteristically daft things, and led to such unpredictable results?
Obviously not. This year the drivers arrived in Melbourne having already had two races to conquer their first night nerves and stabilise their performances. Yet the 2006 Australian Grand Prix saw four safety car periods, countless destructive accidents, and drivers lapping four seconds off the pace at one moment, then suddenly matching the leaders.
The chaos was mainly caused by the combination of a dirty and constantly changing surface, and wildly fluctuating weather conditions that made finding grip and generating tyre temperature such a challenge.