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My Classic Italian GP: 2004

Of all the circuits on the F1 calendar, Monza is not one of my favourites. Its high-speed straights punctuated by dreary chicanes provide little challenge to the drivers, and its layout in these days of "dirty air" barely lends itself at all to overtaking. Thus the challenge of picking a "classic" Italian Grand Prix was more difficult than usual. I could have gone for 2008, where Sebastian Vettel picked up an epic maiden win for Toro Rosso in the wet, or 1997, where a five-car battle was won by the quick pit work of McLaren and David Coulthard. But in the end I have chosen 2004's race, not because it made particularly scintillating watching at the time, but because it told us an awful lot about the state of F1 at the time, and in particular...

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