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That Formula 1's self-proclaimed 1000th race was a bore is no indictment of modern grand prix racing - but there was one aspect of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend that spotlighted a change for the worse.
It is all too easy when Formula 1 hits historic moments such as its 1000th race - and then struggles to mark it with a thrillfest - to put on some rose-tinted spectacles and talk about how it was better back in the old days.
While F1's landmark event in China last weekend will not go down in the history books as a standout grand prix, it's unfair to think F1 is not as good as it once was just because a single race could not live up to highlights from the previous 999.
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