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. Bacteria said on 30th November 2009, 6:17

    off topic: I have observed that the famous mp4-19b has stopped commenting on this blog.He was one person who used to post comments daily. Even though I used to completely disagree with him on all accounts, I used to really enjoy reading his long comments. I don’t know if he is from England, but if anyone knows him can you please tell him to get back to commenting?


    • steph said on 30th November 2009, 8:44

      I have told him to come back! I miss his posts. He said after the Felipe thread row on the forum that he wouldn’t comment for a while and keep a low profile.

  2. Jonesracing82 said on 30th November 2009, 6:41

    this is awesome, and gives me an idea.
    why dont they have a Kart race for F1 drivers at each track they race at? it’d cost next to nothing to transport 26 odd go karts to each track……..

  3. I think the very hot news is:

    “Michael, what about the neck?”
    “It was ok”

    “So, what about a coming back in formula 1?”
    “Everything is possible”.

    Everything is possible?????????????? :-)

  4. ColoradoF1 said on 30th November 2009, 15:20

    An Italian flag on Shumi’s kart….

  5. race two video link is here.Click!

  6. Sush Meerkat said on 30th November 2009, 22:52

    is that what Karts look like nowadays?, I’m getting old, karts used to look like this to me

    those things that are racing look like wacky racers.

  7. Imran_Moussa said on 1st December 2009, 18:24

    Great race, karting is the purest form of motorsport with the most overtaking and close battles, why did they have to go unpurify it with those STUPID BODYWORK??? i hope Massa puts his footdown next time so we dont see the stupid things, it was embarrassing the way the bodywork makes the kart look

  8. Jonathan said on 3rd December 2009, 8:42

    In karting the top class drivers really stand out – unlike in F1!

  9. USF1, not to be rude… but you’ve posted that url a few times stating something is there – with no complete URL.
    The site is not that good at dividing sections, e.g. it’s not in the news, it’s not in formula 1.. or even general motorsport.

    perhaps you could give the link instead of just promoting another site? you might actually gain some more hits that way around too.

    again, im trying not to sound rude – just wondering if you could be more to the point?

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