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F1: Victory for Massa in France

Felipe Massa won the French Grand Prix and moves into the championship lead after a broken exhaust pipe half-way through the race derailed what seemed like a certain Kimi Raikkonen victory.

The Ferrari pair were sufficiently dominant that the Finn was still able to nurse his stricken car home in second place, ahead of an intriguing late-race battle for third that saw Jarno Trulli hold off a hard-charging Heikki Kovalainen.


BMW’s Robert Kubica finished close behind them in fifth, followed by Mark Webber and the Renault pair of Nelson Piquet and Fernando Alonso – Piquet making a late overtake on his wide-running team-mate to ensure his first points were memorable ones.

David Coulthard took ninth, a place ahead of a frustrated Lewis Hamilton, whose lowly place on the starting grid was compounded by a drive-through penalty for cutting a chicane while overtaking that left team boss Ron Dennis visibly fuming.

Jenson Button had the dubious distinction of being the only driver to retire from the race.

And if you’re wondering what happened to our regular live blog – we were stuck in traffic, listening to it on the radio, and only got home in time for the last eight laps…


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