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France 2008 - The race // The weather is a hot (or rainy?) topic as the Grand Prix begins

Published by Mr. C

It's raceday in France and we're just a little bit excitable this morning. When was the last time anyone said that prior to the French Grand Prix?

Today's grid was always going to be a mixed up affair given the 10-place drops imposed on Hamilton and Rosberg, but Kovalainen's unexpected 5-place penalty for impeding Webber really puts the silver cats amongst the pigeons. Two out of position McLaren's could see us witness a masterclass in overtaking this afternoon.

Also coming to McLaren's aid (and providing us some additional drama) could well be the weather. As Stuart pointed out in the comments earlier there was a little rain falling on the circuit earlier this morning and the clouds overhead aren't looking very friendly.

The woes of one team are benefiting many others, with both Renaults now joining two Toyota's and two Red Bull's in the top ten. The opening laps in the mid-field pack should be blink-and-you-miss-it stuff, as everyone tries to capitalise on McLaren's poor fortune.

The fight for the win will also be worth keeping an eye on. It looks to be a Ferrari walk-over up front, but which of the two drivers will take ten points?

A selection of useful links for today's race:

We're opening this thread early today, because there's plenty to discuss this morning. Let us know all your thoughts, predictions and expectations for this afternoon's action in Nevers.




It's raceday in France and we're just a little bit excitable this morning.  When was the last time anyone said that prior to the French Grand Prix?

Event start

13:00GMT +01:00

22 June 2008