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Can Hamilton do a Raikkonen in France?

Lewis Hamilton lines up 13th for today’s French Grand Prix after taking a ten-place grid penalty. Three years ago Kimi Raikkonen, also driving a McLaren, started in the same position and climbed though the field to second. Can Hamilton do the same?

Sebastien Buemi masters tricky conditions to head Arden 1-2

A damp race track made for a thrilling GP2 sprint race at Magny-Cours. The race came to those who had the courage to start on slick tyres – and the Arden team took best advantage to score a one-two finish. Mike Conway led the early, tentative laps on wet weather tyres while Jerom d’Ambrosio had […]

Rain at Magny-Cours ahead of French GP

Rain has fallen on the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours this morning raising the prospects of a more interesting French Grand Prix than usual. However at present the track is only damp and is likely to be fully dry by the time the GP2 sprint race finishes. Some of the drivers even started the race on […]

French GP: Crucial first corner for Massa

Felipe Massa starts from second on the grid today – on the dirty side of the track. We had a discussion here earlier this year about the problems drivers have starting from the dirty side at some tracks and Magny-Cours is definitely one of the circuits where it has an effect. If he does lose […]

Ferrari’s 200 pole positions

Kimi Raikkonen achieved Ferrari’s 200th pole position in qualifying for tomorrow’s French Grand Prix. The Italian team are far ahead of their rivals in terms of total pole positions, with McLaren on 135 and Williams on 125. Here’s a complete breakdown of their achievement including every driver who scored a pole position for Ferrari.

Heikki Kovalainen gets five-place penalty

Heikki Kovalainen has been given a five-place grid penalty for delaying Mark Webber during qualifying, as was speculated here during the Live Blog. Kovalainen held up Webber during Q2 although it did not prevent the Red Bull driver from reaching the final part of qualifying.

GP2: Giorgio Pantano lucks in to win at Senna and Grosjean’s expense

GP2’s most experiened driver was gifted an easy victory at Magny-Cours after the two drivers in front him – and his two princiapl championship rivals – retired. Bruno Senna converted pole position into the lead at the start while Pantano took advantage of starting on the clean side to pass Romain Grosjean for second. Grosjean […]

2008 French GP qualifying: Raikkonen storms to Ferrari’s 200th pole position

Ferrari were in crushing form at Magny-Cours and annexed the front row of the grid with little difficulty, Kimi Raikkonen leading Felipe Massa. It was Ferrari’s 200th pole position at a circuit where they’ve enjoyed great success in recent years. Lewis Hamilton, in what is expected to be a lightly-fuelled McLaren, was unable to beat […]

Video: Bruno Senna mimics uncle Ayrton with qualifying crash in France

Here’s how Bruno Senna scored pole position for tomorrow’s GP2 feature race: He later insisted the crash was not intentional, although it brought out the red flags and cemented his position at the top of the times sheets. But it was strangely similar to how his uncle Ayrton Senna scored pole position at the same […]

The Ben Evans column: Dallara

Last weekend I had my first Italian motor racing experience: complete with drivers refusing to leave crashed cars, excessive discussion about every aspect of the weekend, and some absolutely stunning girls in and around the paddock. It is often said that on the driving side Italian motorsport never delivers to its potential. Italy hasn?t produced […]