Di Grassi wins Massa’s karting event

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Bia Figueiredo, Felipe Massa, Lucas di Grassi, Rubens Barrichello, 2010

Lucas di Grassi has won the 2010 edition of Felipe Massa’s annual International Desafio Internacional das Estrelas event, at the Arena Sapiens track in Brazil.

Di Grassi went on to become the overall winner despite retiring on lap four of the second race.

Indy Lights driver Bia Figueiredo won race two, overtaking Barrichello to take the win. She ended the event tied on 25 points with Barrichello, di Grassi and Massa. Di Grassi won the event outright on count-back.

Among the other F1 drivers competing was Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari.


Di Grassi wins first battle of Massa’s race in Brazil (Desafio Internacional das Estrelas)

??Lucas di Grassi drove a superb race to grab the heat 1 of the International Challenge of Go-Kart Champs on Saturday night at Arena Sapiens in Florian???polis, Brazil.??

McLaren boss accuses Bernie of F1 rights theft (The Express)

??Ron Dennis, chairman of British car manufacturer McLaren, has accused Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone of stealing the rights to the sport from the teams.??

Tom Walkinshaw – another obituary (Joe Saward)

??Farewell to ‘the Brawny Scot’

??A man of passion, Tom Walkinshaw courted success and controversy and inspired loyalty and dislike in equal measures.??

Lewis Hamilton’s training sessions (IamLewis4real via Twitter)

??Thank you so much for all the love everyone. Am in the mountains high up training twice a day, amazing snow it’s incredible. Hope ur all well.

??Cross country ski’s, 2hour 30mins at 7am this morning, sick training.??

Sports Personality 2010 – Sir Frank Williams wins Helen Rollason award (BBC Video)

??Williams founder and team principal Sir Frank Williams wins the Helen Rollason award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010, given for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity.??

Comment of the day

Alex Ings is going to the Monaco Grand Prix next year:

I’m going to Monaco next year for my birthday and am looking into stuff now. Have been thinking of staying in Nice and training over – probably booking a flight/hotel package from F1.com as it doesn’t seem much more value to do it separately – if I can even find a hotel with vacancies.

Ticket wise am thinking of having Sunday somewhere high up in T grandstand – am I right in thinking you can see into the pits from there?

Also, I want to get seats in other grandstands for the Thursday and Saturday – any suggestions as to where else would be good to view from?

Any help is much appreciated!
Alex Ings

2011 Monaco Grand Prix discussion

From the forum

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After three rounds Magnificent Geoffrey is leading the championship, overtaking last week’s winner damonsmedley who is now second. There’s another five rounds to go so make sure you keep up to date by following the thread.

Happy birthday

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On this day in F1

Happy birthday to Karl Wendlinger – the former F1 driver is 42 years old today.

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23 comments on “Di Grassi wins Massa’s karting event”

  1. Jeez, it’s been a while since I’ve been up late enough to see a round up published! Must be the booze.

    It was brilliant seeing Sir Frank win that award, he’s an amazing bloke and probably the person in F1 who I admire the most.

    1. Agree. Great stuff indeed. What a legend he is. :) Can you imagine F1 without him? I just hope they can be back at the front next year after several impressive performances this year.

    2. I don’t remember a day when I haven’t read the round-up right after being posted!

  2. Sure Bernie is evil, but he keeps things going…

    I wonder how Mr Ron Dennis would feel about returning the money that Bernie has undoubtedly made them over the years.

    No offence Ron, But you owe him, And at present, I can’t see the teams running the sport as a good thing.

  3. Congratulation to Sir Frank Williams.

    I have to agree with Ron Dennis, as it’s the team & the driver whom F1 fans goes to watch on circuit & also in TV not Bernie.

    1. its the players and the teams that people go to watch in Football too, but the FA and FIFA etc still do all the organising/tv deals/commercial rights etc in that.

      1. And the leading bodies still come under criticism in football too….

  4. Lewis does have remarkable endurance in races…Ive yet to see a race where he seems to be resting his neck, or losing pace at the end(where Tyres arent a concern)…So I guess this is where he gets that from

  5. Also, I want to get seats in other grandstands for the Thursday and Saturday – any suggestions as to where else would be good to view from?

    I would suggest sitting in that small grandstand at the chicane straight after the cars come out of the tunnel.

  6. Am I the only one who had gag-reflex reading Hamilton’s tweet? He’s an F1 driver, not Paris Hilton’s baby brother!

  7. We Want Turbos
    20th December 2010, 6:49

    @ Ben what about the premier league, that was a breakaway they sort their own TV deals out etc! Look how that worked out! I don’t agree with how CVC & Bernie milk the sport!!! Let FOTA arrange their own TV/Commercial deals!!

    1. But arguably the teams would not have been able to make it work like Bernie did, and would probably have ended up like NBA in america with team owners arguing and players striking for better salaries.

      Sure, Bernie did take it away from them, but then again, there was not that much to take at that point in time.

  8. SPOTY was a bit weird this year, the peripheral awards were more exciting than the main event, Phil Taylor looked over the moon though even at “just” second, that was the highlight of the night for me.

    The F1 section was shameful though. Did it even last two minutes? The impression they gave was that it was the best season ever because lots of things blew up or fell apart. A very disappointing send-off by the BBC.

  9. It was nice to see Jaime leading in race 2 for 14 laps and still 5 laps to go he was in a position to win the whole event, pity about the brake problems, which occured from lap 20…:( But a great performance from him in the pack of Brazilians!

  10. Congrats to SFW. Perhaps the only real racer running an F1 team at the moment.

    As for Ron’s pop at Bernie, surely 50% of a lot is better than 85% of not much?

  11. There is certainly an irony in McLaren’s ex-boss accusing anyone of “theft”…

    1. That’s a good one.

    2. Agreed.
      A THEFT in 2007 that was “punished” in the same way as Hamilton’s overtake of the Saftey Car in Valencia this year was “punished”!!!

      Two shameful moments in the history of F1 that have left two black stains on the sport’s reputation & image… :(

  12. From what I understand, this statement by Ron Dennis appeared in the Bernie biography by Susan Watkins, recently published but started years ago. We don’t know when Ron Dennis said this, although the headlines make it sound like yesterday. Maybe it was many years ago.

  13. Under_investigation
    20th December 2010, 23:42

    Di Grassi preparing his future…

  14. Wish that karting event had been on TV. 4 Drivers ending tied on points, that’s even tighter than this year’s Drivers’ Championship!

    1. Also, that’s got to be a thrill for Bia Figueiredo, finishing level with three F1 drivers!

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