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France 2008 - Free Practice 1 // Friday morning in France and a whole lot of work to do

Published by Mr. C

It's Friday morning, and Formula One returns to the middle of nowhere for more racing action. Round 8 of the F1 Calandar and the destination is Nevers, France.

Depending on who you feel like believing, Sunday will either bring bright sunshine or thunderstorms, but either way, there's no arguing today's forecast - it's fine and dry.

Sébastien Bourdais is driving on home soil for the first time in F1 this morning, and based on previous outings from STR's newly updated machinery, he's going to need all the time available and more. We saw BMW changing their approach to Friday Practice last time out in Canada, hitting the pace almost immediately, and boy did that work out for them. Watching their weekend strategy unfold will certainly be compelling stuff, while no doubt Ferrari's confidence at this place will see them sit out large parts of the day.

Free Practice 1 is a 90 minute session, and earlier this week we we're led to believe that times from FP1 will be used to calculate the target for this afternoon's safety car test. As yet though this hasn't officially been confirmed, but we'll keep one eye on how this unfolds.

It's a 9am start for anyone following in the UK, or 10am in France. The two of us will be watching ITV's live stream and following the geeky stats online. Details of alternate resources to follow the action are listed on our Formula 1 on the Internet page.

Remember to keep the Allianz track guide close and shout us if you're about, especially if you're supposed to be working.




It's Friday morning, and Formula One returns to the middle of nowhere for more racing action.  Round 8 of the F1 Calandar and the destination is Nevers, France.

Event start

09:00GMT +01:00

20 June 2008