F1 flashback: Schumacher’s last Australian GP win came 10 years ago

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With news minimal about Michael Schumacher as he remains hospitalized following his ski injury, we thought it appropriate in the run up to the Australian Grand Prix to relive the good moments when discussing the seven-time World Champion instead.

Schumacher is one of only two four-time winners of the race in its history; Lex Davison, the other four-time winner, won the event when it was not a part of the championship.

And so this year marks the 10-year anniversary of Schumacher’s fourth and final win at Albert Park in Melbourne. He also won three straight years from 2000 to 2002.

Schumacher’s 2004 win was one of his most dominant. He completed the “grand slam,” winning pole position, leading every one of the 58 laps and setting the fastest lap in the process.

The win over teammate Rubens Barrichello in the Ferrari F2004 was Schumacher’s first of what would be a record-setting 13 victories in that 2004 season, also the year he won the last of his seven titles.

The start, then, of what became a record-setting campaign is above.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.