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The fast road out of the slums: F1 and Motorsport 2019

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    The fast road out of the slums: F1 and Motorsport 2019

    We'd better get our house in order and have a new thread up and running. Should be an interesting year. Will Red Bull be faster with the Honda power and give Max a realistic shot at the top two? How will the rookies, and returning racers, do? Can Williams be that bad twice?

    And lots to look for in other series too. Loeb will look to show that he's still the Daddy in six WRC rounds, M-Sport will try to compete on a relative shoe string, and Ogier will attempt to hold off Tanak et al to win the Championship with yet another car.

    Alonso's story will run and run, providing some narrative for Nascar, Indy and the WEC.

    And we've got Dakar starting next week in Peru, with the Race of Champions on 19-20 Jan.

    So the lack of Peugeot's works team at Dakar gives the race a new look. Loeb will still be in a 3008 but with a privateer team. Sainz, Peterhansel and Despres will race for Mini. Al-Attiyah and De Villiers remain with Toyota.


      Schumacher turns 50 tomorrow - there is a special app and exhibition to his achievements being set up.

      Statement of Michael's family:
      "We are very happy to celebrate Michael's 50th birthday tomorrow together with you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts that we can do this together. As a gift to him, you and us, Keep Fighting Foundation has created a virtual museum. The Official Michael Schumacher App will be released tomorrow, so that we can review all together Michael's successes. The app is another milestone in our effort to do justice to him and you, his fans, by celebrating his accomplishments. We wish you a lot of fun with it.

      Michael can be proud of what he has achieved, and so are we! That's why we remember his successes with the Michael Schumacher Private Collection exhibition in Cologne, by publishing memories in social media and by continuing his charitable work through the Keep Fighting Foundation. We want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.

      You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him. Please understand if we are following Michael's wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy. At the same time we say thank you very much for your friendship and wish you a healthy and happy year 2019."

      Michael 50’ at Ferrari Museum
      The Schumacher exhibition to open on 3 January 2019
      The Ferrari Museum is dedicating a special exhibition to Michael Schumacher, which will open on the occasion of his 50th birthday on 3 January 2019 and last for a few months. It is intended both as a celebration and a mark of gratitude to the most successful Prancing Horse driver ever.

      Schumacher has a special place in Ferrari's history, which has been marked by his many records. Between 1996 and 2006 the German champion won five consecutive Drivers' titles, from 2000 to 2004, and made a major contribution to the Scuderia’s haul of six Manufacturers' titles over those years.

      The Museum’s rooms will look back over the memorable seasons that the seven-time World Champion gifted to all Ferraristi, and that created a legend now bigger than ever in the hearts of all fans.

      The exhibition will also show Michael's crucial contribution to the development of extraordinary GT cars in his years at Maranello, as a driver and later as a consultant.

      The ‘Michael 50’ exhibition is in collaboration with the Keep Fighting Foundation.


        Article about Schumacher father and son, and Damon Hill from the Graun.


          Dakar stage 1 should be broadcast and available here in about 35 mins:

          May have to unfollow the Dakar twitter account as it is giving me spoilers!


            Opening race of the 24H GT Series (not the WEC) is underway with the first race in Dubai live on an official stream here:

            Dakar is progressing nicely, Al-Attiyah with a fairly narrow lead over Peterhansel at the moment. Loeb is 5th at +0:12:23. On the bikes, Sunderland is also 5th at +0:13:35 and a 2 min penalty - not sure if that is included in the gap or not.

            There are quite a view videos uploaded onto the YouTube channel late each evening - here:

            There are some short clips and also daily summary videos for each of the classifications.

            This was a bit mad:
            Last edited by Kevin S; 11-01-2019, 13:59.


              Terrific footage on Eurosport from the marathon stage, especially the cars ploughing through the fesh-fesh.

              Surprised by how well the Nissan and the 'proper' MINIs are going, I felt certain that the dune-filled route would favour the buggies this year.


                Great drive from Loeb over the dunes yesterday - up to second and keeping the pressure on Al-Attiyah (who leads by a pretty healthy 38 mins still). Some of the bike riders had really heavy falls over that terrain.

                The second ePrix of the Formula E season took place on Saturday, and you can watch the highlights or the full race on YouTube.