The eleventh Grand Prix of 2006 takes place at Circuit de Nevers near Magny Cours in France, home for Renault and Michelin. This circuit is renowned for corners named after other circuits, a smooth but abrasive surface, high temperatures and occasional rain storms.
Back in Europe, overtaking is going to become a scarce commodity as the circus heads to France, unless there is rain. Last year, Jarno Trulli illustrated the importance of qualifying well as his slow race pace prevented any real challenge to Fernando Alonso: strategy will play a key part in picking up places this weekend.
Teams that do best here typically have good power and aerodynamics; strong balance and mechanical grip for the slower corners helps, but is less important. Hot weather means that effective cooling is usually vital, so cars will be opening up the bodywork here.