A Ferrari comeback in Magny-Cours was nicely timed in terms of the world championship, and while points leader Lewis Hamilton didn't lose too much ground to his Italian rivals, the competition is closer than it was before. And with the top four drivers now on two wins each, there's a nice symmetry about the results as we reach the halfway mark of the season.
Ferrari won in France fair and square, and the fact that Kimi Raikkonen was able to jump Felipe Massa at the second round of pitstops shows that it's not only at McLaren where an intense intra-team rivalry is gathering steam. But the Maranello team were certainly helped by a below-par weekend for McLaren, where the management readily admit that they didn't quite get things right this time.
So what went wrong for McLaren, and what did the team do to try to recover?