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Technical Review: France 2005

The French Grand Prix saw most teams introducing notable technical updates to their cars, debuting changes that will be seen in most of the remaining European races. Craig Scarborough analyses the changes seen during last weekend's race, and reviews the cars' performance

The teams have made the most of the short break between Indianapolis and Magny Cours to finalise their specification for the forthcoming rush of classic European tracks. Since the two American races were slightly unusual, in that they are high speed, low drag high braking tracks, they tend to see a similar technical set up adopted for both races; this set up will now only be run again at Monza.

The forthcoming tracks tend to be more focused on fast to medium speed corners where higher downforce is required, and rewards the more aerodynamically efficient cars. Spanish testing across several tracks allowed the teams to gain mileage on their new aero, engine and tyre packages; as a result the French Grand Prix saw a great number of developments.

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