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Formula 1 went back to the 1980s at Paul Ricard last weekend and found it an uneasy fit.
There was a deliciously retro European glamour to a circuit with an adjacent runway for private jets set on a mountain plateau. But modern-day spectators don’t find it acceptable to queue for eight hours and miss the cars practising because no one had worked out that to load 10,000 cars into a field through a single entry point at 5kph would take 20 hours. The late pastis magnate, whose project this track was, would surely have been nonplussed to be hosting a race where alcohol advertising was banned, where teams had unlimited money but hardly any engines, where the cars whooshed rather than screamed.