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Friday weather - showers hit first practice 02 Jul 2004

Cristiano Da Matta (BRA) Toyota is interviewed.
French Grand Prix, Rd 10, Preparations, Magny Cours, France, 1 July 2004 Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Ferrari arrives at the circuit.
French Grand Prix, Rd 10, Preparations, Magny Cours, France, 1 July 2004 (L to R): Eddie Jordan (IRE) Jordan Team Owner talks with a Bridgestone representative.
French Grand Prix, Rd 10, Preparations, Magny Cours, France, 1 July 2004 (L to R): Silke Albus (GER) Toyota Press Officer  with Olivier Panis (FRA) Toyota.
French Grand Prix, Rd 10, Preparations, Magny Cours, France, 1 July 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 circuit’s 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.

Yesterday’s 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.