Schumacher wins Desafio 2009 after Massa victory in second heat

2009 F1 season

Felipe Massa beat Michael Schumacher in race two

Felipe Massa beat Michael Schumacher in race two

Michael Schumacher won the Desafio Internacional das Estrelas kart race for the second time in three years by finishing second in today’s second heat.

Schumacher won the first race in Florianopolis yesterday and came in second today behind his former team mate – and event organiser – Felipe Massa.

Schumacher worked his way up from eighth on the grid, passing Rubens Barrichello and Indy Car racer Vitor Meira before catching Massa.

Massa and Schumacher spent the final two laps nose-to-tail but Schumacher either couldn’t find a way past or decided he didn’t want to deprive Massa of a home win.

Second place was enough to secure the victory for Schumacher. Vitantonio Liuzzi, who finished second yesterday, ended today’s race 11th after contact with Massa and a heavier collision with Lucas di Grassi.

Video from the races and full points standings below.

Desafio Internacionaldas das Estrelas 2009 pictures

See Leandro Carlo’s photo stream on Flickr for more great pictures.

Desafio Internacional das Estrelas 2009 video

Race one

Piquet (white kart, orange helmet) motored off into the lead from the rolling start. Meanwhile Schumacher (Italian flag kart, red helmet) – who looked very racy on the warm-up lap – got held up by Pizzonia at the start and fell from sixth to eighth.

Liuzzi (Force India-coloured kart) passed Meira at the start of lap two to take second. Piquet had built a lead of more than a second, but Liuzzi gradually cut into it, bringing the chasing pack along with him including Schumacher, who worked his way up to fourth.

Meira re-passed Liuzzi as the Italian tried to go around the outside of Piquet. The Indy Car driver then took Piquet for lead, and the former Renault driver began tumbling down the order. As he dropped back a three-way battle for the lead between Meira, Liuzzi and Schumacher developed.

The tight battle for the lead was resolved when Liuzzi made to pass Meira but their pair collided, allowing Schumacher through.

At the end of the race Liuzzi finally got past Meira for second. Massa and di Grassi also got through demoting Meira to fifth.

Desafio Internacional das Estrelas 2009 results

Driver Total Race 1 Race 2
1 Michael Schumacher 42 25 17
2 Felipe Massa 36 16 20
3 Vitor Meira 26 11 15
4 Vitantonio Liuzzi 25 20 5
5 Rubens Barrichello 23 10 13
6 Tony Kanaan 19 9 10
7 Lucas Di Grassi 13 13 0
8 Marcos Gomes 11 0 11
9 Max Wilson 9 0 9
10 Antonio Pizzonia 8 8 0
10 Christian Fittipaldi 8 0 8
12 Nelsinho Piquet 7 7 0
12 Enrique Bernoldi 7 3 4
12 Raphael Mattos 7 0 7
15 Duda Pamplona 6 6 0
15 Bia Figueiredo 6 0 6
17 Ricardo Zonta 5 5 0
18 Tarso Marques 4 4 0
18 Jo??o Paulo Oliveira 4 1 3
20 Mario Moraes 2 2 0
20 Xandinho Negr??o 2 0 2
22 Luciano Burti 1 0 1
23 Pop??? Bueno 0 0 0
23 Felipe Giaffone 0 0 0
23 Eduardo Berlanda 0 0 0

Desafio Internacional das Estrelas

Images (C) Leandro Claro

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30 comments on Schumacher wins Desafio 2009 after Massa victory in second heat

  1. I didn’t see much of yesterday’s race, but today’s was really good! F1 drivers (and from other racing series) should do kart races more often :)

  2. Giuliano Vilela said on 29th November 2009, 13:58

    Yeah, it seemed like a lot of fun. Good for Felipe and Schumi. Barrichello was in good shape at the beginning but his kart wasn’t as good during the race.

    Looks like next year will be even better. It was announced that Alonso was already invited by Massa. Hope more drivers follow him :D

  3. Guilherme Teixeira said on 29th November 2009, 14:07

    Great racing, and I’m glad with the result.
    Schumi’s driving style was unique among all others, really pleasant to watch.

    And Keith, I don’t want to be a nitpicker, but it is Desafio Internacional, not Internacionale =P

  4. Daniel said on 29th November 2009, 14:51

    Schumacher only had one real opportunity to pass, with two or three laps to go, but Massa closed the door at the end of the start-finish straight. Great race!

    Great track layout, Lucas di Grassi was really inspired and should give Hermann Tilke a couple of lessons :)

  5. Great report and pics !

  6. Is he match fit?

  7. Is he match fit?

    Thanks Keith and happy hols….dare I say Christmas

  8. Patrickl said on 29th November 2009, 17:27

    How characteristic that Piquet spins off …

  9. People comment on Button’s driving style, but Michael Schumacher is the real master of smooth, calculated driving. I miss watching him race, he seems so calm and calculated.

  10. I loved the first race. Anyone notice the Santander logo on Massa overalls.. 2010 Ferrari overalls maybe ?

  11. Oh my god, these plastic kart support are so ugly :/

  12. Second and first heats HERE

  13. My personal favourite picture of the event
    http://tazio.uol.com.br/kart/textos/15285/imagens/11214/

  14. wasiF1 said on 30th November 2009, 0:56

    Great report with picture,I agree with many now as they have nothing to do for 2 months they should do some karting which will help them to keep themselves in racing mood,good for the spectator & will encourage young people to start karting & begin there career in motor racing.
    Congratulation to Schumacher & Massa.

  15. Kayser said on 30th November 2009, 2:35

    this was more exciting to watch than F1.

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