Friday weather - showers hit first practice 02 Jul 2004
Welcome back to the 10th round of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship, the French Grand Prix here at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in central France.
Grip on this circuits unusually smooth surface is linked very closely to track temperature, so teams will be paying even more attention than normal to the ambient conditions. However, that is less of a concern if it is raining and heavy showers have already hit Magny-Cours in Friday's opening practice session.
Yesterdays forecast of partial cloudiness allied to a temperature high of 23 degrees Celsius proved accurate, and humidity was high. The same will apply today and tomorrow, but, as we have already seen, with occasional rain far more likely. Raceday may be hotter still at 24 degrees, with again a chance of scattered showers in the region.