Schumacher and 11 other F1 drivers join Massa’s kart race this weekend

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa is back in action this weekend
Felipe Massa is back in action this weekend

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

Image (C) Ferrari spa

50 comments on “Schumacher and 11 other F1 drivers join Massa’s kart race this weekend”

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  1. Where do you find these pictures Keith? Poor Felipe looks like he’s about to blow a breathalyzer test at a DUI checkpoint……and about to fail.

    Yeah, I know, a mean spirited comment, but I am tuning up my Grinch Xmas attitudes.

    1. That one was from Ferrari!

  2. Nice to see Massa back in action. Pretty good race – starting from 18th and ending at 3rd.

  3. Piquet finished 9th and it’s a reverse grid from 8th. HILARIOUS!

  4. Desafio das Estrelas in video HERE

    1. Thanx Becken for the link

  5. I’m pulling for Massa and Liuzzi!

    They shouldn’t have let Piquet in.He doesn’t play well with others.

  6. Can anyone tell why is he wearing the Ferrari gear when he is not competing as a ferrari driver. I understand that he may have hi sponsership commitments but why a ferrari gear ?

    1. It’ll be in his contract with Ferrari that he has to.

  7. Looks fun driving the karts.

  8. Any streams for race 2?

  9. Is not “Internacionale” but “Internacional”

  10. Great, great race!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. That was great! Good old Felipe, he’s still got it.

  12. José Baudaier
    1st December 2009, 2:05

    Glad I could see the race in person. I must say it’s a lot of fun to watch that so many overtakes involving great racers like Schumi, Massa and Barrichelo, especially personally.

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