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Autosport: The Embodiment of Life

In our series of Best of 2006, this is Mark Hughes' column from Autosport Magazine, which was published on April 27th 2006.

It's Thursday and the Imola track's not yet 'live'. It's lightly populated: scooter-mounted drivers doing reconnaissance, often with their race engineer on the back; photographers seeking out locations; marshals; the occasional race official's car.

It's a beautiful day, wispy strings of white in an otherwise blue sky, the track protected by a canopy of green, a light breeze blowing wave upon wave of cotton wool dandelion seed up the straight, past Tamburello and the fresh flowers laid there in memory of Ayrton. You can smell the pollen. The trees are dense with birdsong.

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