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France 2008 - Qualifying // Pole position is up for grabs as the Magny-Cours grid is decided

Published by Mr. C

This mornings one hour practice essentially told us nothing in terms of who has pace and who's having problems. Without wanting to pick on the guy too much, you know something's not right when the first name on the timing sheet is Nelson Piquet Jr.

There did seem to be less off-track rallying action today, with the majority of drivers figuring out the quickest way around this place is to stick to the asphalt. The soft tyre appears to be causing headaches up and down the pitlane, with the quickest time being set on the harder of the available compounds. That'll probably be the story of qualifying this afternoon. Who can make the soft rubber last a single flying lap?

In terms of the midfield, Lewis Hamilton will be the man to watch. McLaren have a variety of strategies they can use to help Hamilton fight back from his 10-place penalty, from fuelling him light and fighting through the traffic, to going long and bagging as many points as he can. We'll have a better idea which way the team will go in less than two hours.

Keep an eye also on the BMW drivers. Yesterday Kubica's running was curtailed by a misfire while today the cars look a handful, but they'll be hoping to build on the win in Canada and may try something aggressive for tomorrows race.

Qualifying starts at 1pm in the UK (2pm local time). We're watching ITV's qualifying show and build up, which is available online and don't forget Bernie's idea of acceptable web coverage on f1.com too. Radio 5Live will also have commentary from 1pm.

As always, we're keen to know where you're watching and all your qually predictions.




This mornings one hour practice essentially told us nothing in terms of who has pace and who's having problems.  Without wanting to pick on the guy too much, you know something's not right when the first name on the timing sheet is Nelson Piquet Jr.

Event start

13:00GMT +01:00

21 June 2008