Felipe Massa makes his return to competitive racing this weekend as he hosts his annual International Challenge of the Stars kart race in Florianopolis.
Michael Schumacher is among the F1 drivers to turn up for the Desafio Internacionale das Estrelas having also raced karts at Las Vegas last weekend. Here’s a full list of the 11 F1 drivers competing in this year’s race and details on how you can watch it live today and tomorrow.
Update: Race one results below.
F1 drivers in Desafio Internacionale das Estrelas 2009
As well as Massa and Schumacher, eight other F1 drivers of the past and present are competing this weekend.
Last year’s winner Rubens Barrichello has returned to defend his title. The only other active F1 driver taking part is Vitantonio Liuzzi, who yesterday was confirmed as a Force India driver for 2010.
The remaining seven drivers are all former F1 drivers from Brazil: Nelson Piquet Jnr, who also raced with Schumacher at Las Vegas, Enrique Bernoldi, Antonio Pizzonia, Luciano Burti, Ricardo Zonta, Christian Fittipaldi and Tarso Marques.
IRL star Tony Kanaan is among the other big names competing, as well as top GP2 driver Lucas di Grassi who could make his F1 debut in 2010.
Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer was originally slated to compete but has had to pull out due to a clashing commitment.
How to follow the races live
Here in Britain the two races are being broadcast live on Eurosport:
Saturday 28th November, 6pm, Eurosport 2 UK – Desafio Internacionale das Estrelas Race 1
Sunday 29th November, 1pm, Eurosport 2 UK – Desafio Internacionale das Estrelas Race 2
If you know of any channels in your area that are showing the race, please post details in the comments.
You can find live timing for all sessions here.
I’ll be watching the races and posting updates on Twitter. Also keep an eye on the #desafio2009 tag and make sure to follow @lookingspiffy who’s keeping a close eye on the race. And of course there’s the official website for the event.
F1 Fanatic will have a report after the race on Sunday.
Race one results
1. Michael Schumacher
2. Vitantonio Liuzzi
3. Felipe Massa
4. Lucas di Grassi
5. Vitor Meira
6. Rubens Barrichello
7. Tony Kanaan
8. Antonio Pizzonia*
9. Nelson Piquet Jnr
10. Duda Pamplona
11. Ricardo Zonta
12. Tarso Marques
13. Enrique Bernoldi
14. Mario Moraes
15. Joao Paulo de Oliveira
16. Popo Bueno
17. Luciano Burti
18. Felipe Giaffone
19. Bla Figueiredo
20. Eduardo Berlanda
21. Xandhi Negrao
22. Marcos Gomes
23. Raphael Matos
24. Christian Fittipaldi
25. Max Wilson
*Takes pole position for Sunday’s race
F1 drivers karting
- Michael Schumacher beats Buemi and Piquet in kart race (Pictures & video)
- Rubens Barrichello wins International Challenge of Kart Champs 2008 in Brazil
Image (C) Ferrari spa
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