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Updated: September 24, 2004, 3:26 PM ET
By Dan Knutson | Special to ESPN.com

SHANGHAI, China -- It's one of the oldest civilizations on earth, but China becomes the newest country to host a Formula One Grand Prix this weekend.

The huge new Shanghai International Circuit cost well over $200 million to build, and some reports peg the figure at $325 million. Clearly, it has set the benchmark for the rest of the tracks on the Formula One calendar.

Yet the new SIC circuit lacks something that money cannot buy: soul. That only comes with time. True, none of the ...

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