It's like 1983 all over again

It's like 1983 all over again

McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes and now Red Bull have all won races so far in 2012. We've had a few close-run championships in recent years, says Michele Merlino, but the last time one began this open, with such a broad spectrum of machinery, was in 1983!

The Bahrain Grand Prix was the fourth career hat-trick for Sebastian Vettel. The German was back on the top step of the podium after a drought of five races and is the fourth different winner in four races in a repeat of the 2003 championship. Unlike that season though these winners have come from four different manufacturers.

To find a similar situation like that we have to go back to 29 years to 1983, when the first four winners were: Nelson Piquet (Brabham), John Watson (McLaren), Alain Prost (Renault) and Patrick Tambay (Ferrari).

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