French GP preview: Predictions

Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton, Magny-Cours, 2007, 470150

Who’s going to win the French Grand Prix?

Ferrari look set to be very strong this weekend and Lewis Hamilton is out of contention for the win before practice has even begun. Read my podium prediction below and make your own.

Ferrari look irresistible this weekend – indeed, they often have at Magny-Cours. In the past 11 races here they’ve won seven times and finished one-two last year.

This time last year we saw Kimi Raikkonen assert himself after a difficult start to the year. I’d put my money on him doing the same again and edging team mate Felipe Massa. He proved last year he could beat Massa even starting behind him – just as he did at Sepang this year.

Although Massa has qualified strongly this year Magny-Cours, oddly, tends not to favour the pole sitter. In the last ten races at Magny-Cours the pole sitter has only won three times.

Hamilton will have done something truly remarkable if he managed to get even on the bottom step of the podium but starting no better than 11th it should be impossible for him if the front runners keep their noses clean.

With a pace advantage over BMW, McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen should be back on the podium for the first time since Sepang. So my podium prediction is:

1. Kimi Raikkonen
2. Felipe Massa
3. Heikki Kovalainen

No-one managed to nail the top three last time – least of all myself – but M Smith, Mac, Martin Land theRoswelite correctly predicted Robert Kubica’s maiden Grand Prix victory.

What is your podium prediction for the French Grand Prix?

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40 comments on French GP preview: Predictions

  1. sChUmAcHeRtHeGrEaTeStEvEr said on 20th June 2008, 10:42

    kimi
    massa
    kubica

  2. Kimi
    Massa
    Lewis

    Lewis will hit back with vengeance!

  3. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 20th June 2008, 11:02

    Francois – I am certain that if they did that they’d get in trouble for using team orders. It would be too blatant. (Team orders were legal in 1997).

  4. Daniel said on 20th June 2008, 11:25

    I’ll also bet in a Ferrari one-two; changing the order.

    Heikki will miss the podium again, and show that he’s not only placing himself as McLaren’s Number 2 at Dennis request, but that he, in fact, is still missing THAT so frequently mentioned “final 2 tenths”.

    Massa
    Raikkonen
    Kubica

  5. Sush said on 20th June 2008, 12:33

    Massa
    Kimi
    Heidfield

    Alonso will crash out
    hamilton will be 7th.
    rosbergs brakes will fail him.

    in practice Kubica was saying over the team radio that his tyres were graining almost immediatly, like end of first lap.

  6. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 20th June 2008, 12:45

    Votes for the winners so far:

    Raikkonen – 12
    Massa – 6
    Kovalainen – 1

  7. Antifia said on 20th June 2008, 14:22

    What about this one. It is raining cats and dogs, Hamilton is fighting Alonso for sixth and crashes into the Renault. They get out of the car and start exchanging punches. The marshalls have to use their fire extinguishers to separate the pair. All that foam obstructs the view on the track and in the ensuing confusion, kubica crashes into the back of Heidfeld. The safety car comes in and kimi runs into the back of Kovi as the latter is stopped in the end of the pits waiting for the gree light – they are lost for words… Massa wins the race by a mile with Piquet Jr in second, just ahead of Barrichelo, Webber and Coultard – the four of them exchanging positions throughout the race. And if you are wondering, yes, I am Brazilian.

  8. M Smith said on 20th June 2008, 14:43

    It may be abit early since qualifying hasn’t even happened yet – but here is my prediction:

    1. Raikkonen
    2. Massa
    3. Kubica

  9. frecon said on 20th June 2008, 15:13

    raikkonen
    massa
    alonso

  10. Gabe said on 20th June 2008, 15:52

    Since all the reasonable predictions are in, I’ll go for the slightly more improbable:

    1. Kubica
    2. Kovi
    3. Hamilton

  11. Audrey said on 20th June 2008, 15:53

    Antfia – Am loving your race prediction – but begs the question, who is going to win the Alonso/Hamilton b*tch fight?? As I cant see Hamilton throwing much of a punch my money is on Alonso!!

  12. Dorian said on 20th June 2008, 16:16

    My pick (and I hope this comes true)

    1. Raikkonen
    2. Massa
    3. Alonso or Kubica

    p.s. @ Audrey, evidently Hamilton has a Black Belt in Karate, which if he does, bodes well for him ;-)

  13. Pat said on 20th June 2008, 16:58

    Massa, Hamilton, Raikonnen, Kovi, Kubica, Alonso, Heidfeld, (DC or Weber for 8th).

  14. Felipe Leite said on 20th June 2008, 17:30

    1 – Massa
    2 – Kimi
    3 – Heidfeld

  15. Nick said on 20th June 2008, 19:56

    1 – Kimi
    2 – Kovi
    3 – Heidfeld

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