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The 2006 European Grand Prix Preview

Michael Schumacher will be looking to keep his momentum going in his home Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, McLaren will look to kick-start their championship chase, and Fernando Alonso will look to extend his title lead with Renault. Tom Keeble previews the fifth round of the season and rates the teams' chances of success at the European Grand Prix

After the thrilling San Marino Grand Prix, which saw Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher fighting a near race-long battle for the lead, the circus heads to Eifel mountains and the Nurburgring for the European Grand Prix.

Analysis

Though not a shadow of the original Nordschleife, the modern Nurburgring is an example of a modern European circuit. Requiring medium downforce, medium cooling, medium braking and not overly stressing engines, emphasis is on a rounded package with excellent traction.

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