Ferrari confirmed its return to form at Magny-Cours as Kimi Raikkonen led a Maranello 1-2 in the French Grand Prix.

Starting third on the grid after a close-fought qualifying session, Raikkonen made up one place instantly, passing Lewis Hamilton to slot in behind team-mate Felipe Massa, and shadowed the Brazilian until the second round of pit-stops. Running two laps longer than the leader, Raikkonen turned up the wick and emerged from his stop with a couple of seconds in hand.

Hamilton was forced to run third throughout, the McLaren never in the hunt and not helped by a three-stop strategy that only served to drop the championship leader away from the front two. That was better than team-mate Fernando Alonso, however, who, having made up a couple of places off the start, spent the rest of the afternoon battling the likes of Nick Heidfeld, Giancarlo Fisichella and Nico Rosberg before having to accept seventh.

The McLarens were split by the BMWs of Robert Kubica and Heidfeld, with Fisichella holding off Alonso to the line. Jenson Button completed the scorers on a better weekend for Honda.

Full report and result to follow...

 

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