Magny-Cours back in favour?

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It looks as though Magny-Cours will be back on the F1 calendar in 2008, and possibly even 2009.Speaking at the Nurburgring at the weekend, following speculation that there had been a change of heart over the decision to drop the track from the F1 schedule, Bernie Ecclestone confirmed that talks were ongoing.The speculation followed a statement issued by the FFSA last week in which the French motorsport authority reaffirmed its determination to continue hosting a round of the World...Read Full Story

France still hoping to host race in 2008

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2007/7/6496.html --- The French motorsport federation, the FFSA, has said it is determined there will be a French Grand Prix in 2008, despite previously ruling out next year’s race returning to Magny-Cours, the rural venue that has hosted the event since 1991. Back in March, the FFSA suspended the inscription of the race on the 2008 calendar as it felt that “the conditions of a successful event” could not be guaranteed. However, on Friday...Read Full Story

France race analysis - Ferrari are back!

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/news/features/2007/7/6388.html --- That news, so clearly demonstrated at Magny-Cours, has given the world championship fight a fresh injection of adrenaline, just as it seemed that McLaren were about to start dominating. Asked what was better about the F2007 in France, race winner Kimi Raikkonen simply said: “Everything! You can feel the improvement everywhere, really. In every corner. We are back where we expect to be.” At the same time, Lewis Hamilton...Read Full Story

Kimi answers critics with French victory

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Linked from http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=39845 --- Kimi Raikkonen finally rediscovered his best form to answer his critics at Magny-Cours on Sunday as he and Ferrari reawakened their title chances with a dominant 1-2 finish in the French Grand Prix. The Finn delivered a classic performance, reminiscent of the great man he replaced, to steal a win that for most of the race had seemed destined for team-mate Felipe Massa as Ferrari signalled it is well and truly now back in...Read Full Story

Paddock Postcard from Magny-Cours

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2007/7/6380.html ---Several notable stars from other sports graced the paddock in Magny-Cours, among them football superstar Zinedine Zidane and Welsh rugby internationals Jonathan Davies, Hugh Williams-Jones and Anthony Buchanan, and the game’s French legend, Jean-Claude Skrela. The latter were part of a rugby scrum competition organised by the FFSA on Friday evening, in which the Toro Rosso and Red Bull teams emerged victorious over...Read Full Story

Raikkonen and Ferrari firmly back in the title hunt

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2007/7/6383.html --- Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa and Ferrari routed McLaren in Magny-Cours in Sunday’s French Grand Prix, finishing more than half a minute ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren. The red cars opted for a two-stop strategy, Hamilton for three, but once the Englishman lagged off the dirty side of the grid at the start it was all over. Massa out-dragged him to the first corner, and so did Raikkonen. The Brazilian then led until...Read Full Story

Race preview - Ferrari start as favourites

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2007/7/6381.html --- For the first time in many races, the odds favour Ferrari at the start of this afternoon’s French Grand Prix, with Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen lining up either side of Lewis Hamilton’s sole McLaren. Individual fuel loads here will be crucial, as the lightest of the three stands the best theoretical chance of jumping into the lead and pulling away early on in a race in which overtaking is notoriously difficult...Read Full Story
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