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The stands were packed and the hills were rammed, but for the sec­ond year in a row, there ap­pears to have been a dis­crep­ancy be­tween the num­ber of peo­ple in at­ten­dance at the Span­ish GP and the fig­ures pub­lished by race or­gan­is­ers.

Of­fi­cially there were only 68,000 peo­ple in at­ten­dance on race day, up on the 63,000 of 2016 but a huge drop from the 120,000 peo­ple claimed for most of the past ten years.

The rea­son for the dis­par­ity is far from clear. Per­haps the au­thor­i­ties have capped at­ten­dance, or threat­ened to im­pose polic­ing costs if the crowds are too large. Ei­ther way, the scores on the doors don’t add up with the or­gan­iser’s claims.

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