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Ferrari fights back

After two poor races in North America, Ferrari showed its still alive and well and in the hunt for the championship finishing with a one-two at the French Grand prix at Magny-Cours with the ever present McLaren's Lewis Hamilton completing the podium.

Felipe Massa started on pole but could not take advantage of that as his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen overtook him to take the full ten points. Kimi showed his intentions clear from the start when he managed to overtake Hamilton at the first corner to take second place behind Massa and from there it was a question of a Ferrari one two barring any breakdowns.

For the eighth consecutive race, Hamilton finished on the podium and I think his record of consecutive podiums for a rookie which he is establishing will take some time to break if it is ever broken. Although he finished third, he still increased his points lead over team-mate Fernando Alonso who finished seventh to 14. I think Alonso would quickly like to forget this race after he started tenth on the grid after mechanical issues in qualifying and in the point had to settle for just two points.

The full complement of the BMW Sauber drivers was back and once again they showed their consistency taking fourth and fifth places. Robert Kubica was back after missing the US grand prix after the crash in Canada and he finished fourth ahead of team-mate Nick Heidfeld. I am waiting for the day when BMW Sauber can challenge the two top teams and make a three way fight at the top.

Giancarlo Fisichella's Renault failed to overhaul the BMWs and sixth place was respectable for Fisichella because he could have finished seventh had Alonso had a better race.

With the British grand prix being the next race in back to back races, Jenson Button collected his first points for the season and maybe hopes he will have even better luck in his home grand prix next weekend at Silverstone.

Elsewhere, there were no points this time for Mark Webber who finished twelfth after gaining two places from his 14th place start on the grid.

I am looking forward to the British grand prix when Hamilton races in his home grand prix. For the first time since Damon Hill retired, there is a very good chance that the British grand prix can be won by a local and that should make quite an atmosphere.

For now its bye-bye Magny-Cours.

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