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Monaco 2008 - Free Practice 1 // Sunny skies over the principality open the race weekend's action

Published by Mr. C

It's Thursday morning and in Monaco it's mostly sunny and partly cloudy. That's how two of the leading meteorology sites list today's forecast, and by all accounts this is the best weather Monte Carlo is going to offer F1. It's all downhill from here.

For an early look around the principality, CamVista is broadcasting a view of the harbour as well as Casino Square. There's still some blue sky to be found and if you look closely you'll see fans are starting to fill the main grandstand.

But enough of the weather, what of the cars?

The first of two 90 minute sessions starts at 10am local time (9am in the UK) and we're anticipating a mixed bag today. Teams will be keen to get some early running in, but will be wary of running on a slippery track sans traction control. Toro Rosso appear to be in the worst situation today, running a new car with limited spares, they'll be more cautious than most.

We're following Formula 1's live timing screens while watching ITV's online coverage. Please shout us if you're watching this one, because we're going to be glued to the screens all day.

A track guide is available from Allianz should you need a reminder about corners / gears etc.




It's Thursday morning and in Monaco it's mostly sunny and partly cloudy.  That's how two of the leading meteorology sites list today's forecast, and by all accounts this is the best weather Monte Carlo is going to offer F1.  It's all downhill from here.

Event start

09:00GMT +01:00

22 May 2008