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French Grand Prix
Magny-Cours, Nevers, 20-22 June



Final positions in Magny-Cours:

1. Raikkonen (Ferrari)

2. Massa (Ferrari)

3. Hamilton (McLaren)

4. Alonso (Renault)

5. Trulli (Toyota)

6. Kovalainen (McLaren)

7. Kubica (BMW Sauber)

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By Sarah Holt

1407: "Does anyone think Alonso's going to be genuinely in the hunt for a podium? How little fuel can he actually have?"
Jazzert on 606

1400: And that's official - Raikkonen takes pole as Ferrari lock out the front row at Magny-Cours with Massa taking second. Hamilton qualifies in third - BUT the 10-place grid penalty means he will start down in 13th. That means Alonso has done extremely well for Renault, qualifying in fourth to start in third alongside Toyota's Trulli.

"That's damage limitation for Hamilton, he has to grab what points he can tomorrow."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Maurice Hamilton

A bit of a bleak day for BMW Sauber with Canada race-winner Kubica qualifying in seventh and Heidfeld down in 12th.

1359: An untidy lap from Massa who stays second leaving Raikkonen set for pole.

1357: The cars are heading out for their final runs. Kubica and Hamilton are on the hard tyres while Massa is on the soft.

1356: Trulli takes a big spin for Toyota which leaves him stranded down in 10th as Raikkonen roars to provisional pole with 1:16.449 - a pretty decent time with race fuel on board. Hamilton skids off the track and can only do enough to get into seventh.

1350: The countdown begins in the final all-important session and first out is Timo Glock's Toyota. The Toyotas are running with black bands across their nose cones to mark the death of former team boss Ove Andersson, who died this week.

1345: Rosberg is eliminated in 15th place - which with his 10-place penalty means he starts right at the back of the grid for Williams. Bourdais and Vettel (Toro Rosso) also go out, as does Heidfeld, despite having a new front wing fitted during the last break, and Piquet, Renault's pacesetter in final practice.

1342: Hamilton is fastest through the first sector as all the cars, except the Ferraris are out for one final push. Hamilton ends up third fastest, but a good final effort from Coulthard who drags his Red Bull into ninth and into the final session.

1340: Not long for the back-markers to save themselves and that's you, Rosberg, Piquet, Bourdais, Vettel and Coulthard.

1338: "I think Lewis is working on his fuel load so as to reduce his number of pit stops for tomorrow. Good thinking...good strategy."
Huhuhuguy on 606

1335: A flurry of activity in Magny-Cours with the drivers trading top spot. Massa had the final say climbing to the top with 1:15.024 ahead of Raikkonen with Alonso third. The Ferraris and Hamilton are all on the softer tyres.

1330: Good old Bourdais, he's first out again for Toro Rosso.

1329: Um, no cars have come out yet. Hurry up, boys.

1328: Ready for session number two? Let's go then.

1321: Heidfeld pushes and shoves his BMW through a final lap and, after a couple of wobbles on the first two sectors, he does enough to climb up into 12th place. Out go the Force Indias of Sutil and Fisichella, the struggling Hondas of Barrichello and Button and Williams' Nakajima.

"At this rate the BMWs will be lucky to get into the top 10. It's a big struggle here and they can't get the car to work. The fact that Heidfeld had to use his soft tyres so early on shows how desperate they were."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Maurice Hamilton

1320: Hamilton decides not to stay out on the track for another flyer and the Ferraris eclipse him at the top of the standings with Massa fastest with 1:15.024.

1316: What is up with Heidfeld? Another run and he is still down in 18th. He comes back in for some more tyres and fuel but he could be in real trouble now.

1314: Robert Kubica gives away a bit of pace in the final sector and can only do enough for 14th. Team-mate Nick Heidfeld is in a bit of trouble though as he is still down in 18th after running four laps.

Also in trouble are the Force Indias of Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella along with the Hondas of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button.

1312: In case you wondered what those Renaults were up to, well, Fernando Alonso jumps up to fourth fastest with his first run out while Nelson Piquet is out on his first hot lap.

1309: The McLarens quickly follow suit and Hamilton finds extra pace through each of the sections to move to the top of the timesheets ahead of team-mate Heikki Kovalainen.

1308: And as if by magic, both Ferraris emerge on the harder tyres and immediately leap to the top of the standings, with Massa fastest with 1:16.107.

1306: "Ferrari won here last year but I think their advantage is less than it was 12 months ago and it will be interesting to see what tactics McLaren will employ. I think it's all about damage limitation for McLaren though."
BBC Radio 5 Live's analyst Maurice Hamilton

1303: Bourdais clocks 1:17.101 to get qualifying up and running.

1302: Giancarlo Fisichella and Sebastian Vettel poke their front ends out next as we wait for the first time to be set in Magny-Cours - as soon as that happens I'll let you know.

1300: The twenty minutes on the clock for the first session have begun ticking down and first out is Toro Rosso's Sebastian Bourdais. He's on the hard tyres.

1258: The last of the drivers settle into their cars as the teams make their final preparations accompanied by the sounds of wheel-nuts being fixed and tightened.

1256: Thunderstorms had been predicted in France this weekend but conditions are fine and sunny so far with temperatures up at a very pleasant 27C.

1251: "Hamilton will go on the offensive strategy, as he has nothing to lose so perhaps the mythical 4 stopper may come into play... Who knows...? In reallity, this is an ideal opportunity for Kovalainen to step up to the mark and get amongst the Ferraris so it should be interesting."
SportsAddict2000 on 606

1245: Hamilton says his goal for this weekend is to get in the points, though he concedes it will be "very tough," especially as the Circuit de Nevers doesn't provide that many overtaking opportunities. The McLaren driver is going to have to go all out for pole - just to start 11th on the grid.

1240: "Well Renault must feel quite satisfied so far at their home GP - they must feel reasonably confident now that they can get both their cars into Q3."
Karlito1987 on 606

1230: Welcome to the longest day of the year where strange things can happen on the summer solstice - just look at Renault's performance in Magny-Cours, for example.

Fernando Alonso ruled Friday's second practice and team-mate Nelson Piquet followed suit by setting the pace in final practice.

Renault look like they have made some developments after last week's testing in Barcelona but lighter fuel loads are likely to have played a part too.

Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa are favourites to lock out the front row with championship leader, BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica, also in contention.

Lewis Hamilton will be doing his best to clock the fastest time at the Circuit de Nevers but pole is out of the question.

The McLaren driver incurred a 10-place grid penalty when he ran into the back of Raikkonen in the pit lane in Montreal.

Nico Rosberg, who ploughed into Hamilton's McLaren in the same incident, will also drop 10 places.

The question is will there be any surprises in Magny-Cours?

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Final practice times for the French Grand Prix:

1. Nelson Piquet (Brazil) Renault 1:15.750
2. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault 1:15.759
3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:15.827
4. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams - Toyota 1:15.974
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:16.003
6. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 1:16.147
7. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:16.182
8. Sebastien Bourdais (France) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:16.235
9. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:16.256
10. David Coulthard (Britain) RedBull - Renault 1:16.282
11. Timo Glock (Germany) Toyota 1:16.344
12. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Renault 1:16.437
13. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) McLaren 1:16.545
14. Robert Kubica (Poland) BMW Sauber 1:16.617
15. Kazuki Nakajima (Japan) Williams - Toyota 1:16.644
16. Jenson Button (Britain) Honda 1:16.651
17. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Honda 1:16.658
18. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 1:16.687
19. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Force India - Ferrari 1:17.365
20. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India - Ferrari 1:17.612



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