2006 Formula 1 French Grand Prix
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Can Ferrari dominate again ?
The Magny-Cours track (layout)
is a high downforce circuit offering a combination of low and high speed corners. Traction and rear tyre degradation are important
considerations for the low speed corners while car balance is important for the high speed corners. Lap times are highly influenced
by the track temperatures and that creates a challenge for the teams and drivers to find the right setup.
Most teams conducted testing at Jerez with Renault and McLaren trading fastest times during the test.
Teams and Drivers to watch:
Renault will be racing at home and have won there last year so they have to be one of the favourites.
Ferrari dominated at Indianapolis (contrary to our predictions!) but we expect that was mainly due to a superior tyre at that track.
Expect a closer fight in France.
McLaren lost both cars on the first corner in Indianapolis but they
appeared off the pace. The should be more competitive here.
Honda continue to struggle and they need to start getting results. They do reasonably well in testing but can't seem to translate
that on a race weekend!
BMW Sauber appear to be the most
improved even though they had a setback at Indianapolis with both cars retiring. They should recover here but points will always be
hard fought for.
Toyota had a
good race at Indianapolis with their drivers nearly finishing 4th and 5th but a problem for Ralf Schumacher saw him retire late in
the race. It appears that they are actually improving.
Red Bull once again scored points and they are now ahead of the Williams team! The car now has some input from Adrian Newey so expect them to continue an upward trend but it is very competitive in the midfield. Still Coulthard may once again score a point or two.
what is wrong with Williams. While Webber retired at Indianapolis as a result of an accident, Rosberg could only finish 9th and last
and given that they run Bridgstone tyres one would have thought they had a great opputunity to score a lot of points.
Toro Rosso scored a point at Indianapolis. Well done but unless we have many retirements in France, points will be difficult.
MF1 Racing will be at the back ahead of the Super Aguris.
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