Saturday weather update - thunderstorms forecast in France

Welcome to qualifying day for the French Grand Prix at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, the eighth round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship.

As in Canada, there is a possibility that rain could affect the outcome of the weekend. While the forecast remains for heavy thunderstorms here today and tomorrow, with respective ambient temperature highs of 28 and 30 degrees Celsius, sunny conditions greeted the start of final practice, with no immediate sign of rain.

The schedule reverts to normal now that the calendar is back in Europe, which means Friday morning practice running from 1000 to 1130 hours local time, Friday afternoon practice from 1400 to 1530, Saturday morning practice from 1100 to 1200, and qualifying from 1400 to 1500.

The race will run over 70 laps of the 4.411 kilometre (2.741 mile) circuit, or 308.586 kilometres (191.755 miles), and will start at 1400, which is 1200 GMT.