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As he heads to Germany for this weekend's GP, Damien Smith becomes nostalgic for the old Hockenheimring

Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone? Okay, so the old Hockenheimring was no paradise, but the modern version is certainly akin to Joni Mitchell's parking lot.

Take a circuit with a unique layout, characteristics and atmosphere, chop out the interesting bit and revert to bland stadium-track mode as you draw up the new one.

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