While Ralf Schumacher's Toyota topped the names going out of French Grand Prix qualifying in the second session, Red Bull Racing was again left to rue its ongoing gearbox problems as both David Coulthard and Mark Webber also succumbed.

Schumacher was dumped out of the running at the very last, with fellow countryman Nick Heidfeld's improvement under the chequered flag good enough for sixth, but at the greatest cost to Schumacher. Toyota, therefore, was grateful to Jarno Trulli's own late improvement, which lifted the Italian into ninth space, albeit leaving Ralf vulnerable to a last-gasp effort.

Red Bull, meanwhile, saw both Coulthard and Webber pit after their initial out-lap and, although Webber was able to rejoin the session in the final minutes, DC was done for the day after further gearbox problems. Webber's early effort was compromised by a moment at one of Magny-Cours' chicanes, while his return to the track yielded just 14th spot as the Aussie struggled with a lack of track time from Friday practice.

Both Hondas also missed the cut, with Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello having to settle for twelfth and 13th as revisions for the RA107, introduced at last week's Jerez test, failed to produce enough of a gain to make the final shoot-out. Scott Speed completed the list of those dropping out and will start between the two Red Bull cars.

Lewis Hamilton again topped the times, this time by less than a tenth from Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, with Robert Kubica, Fernando Alonso and Heidfeld completing the top six.

 

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