Schumacher predicts “explosive” Alonso-Raikkonen partnership

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Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has spoken out about Kimi Raikkonen’s move to Ferrari for the first time, believing that the Finn’s pending partnership with Fernando Alonso has the potential to be “explosive.”

Schuamacher retired from the sport at the end of last season as the greatest driver in its history (statistically speaking) with seven world championships and ninety-one race wins  to his name. He raced alongside both Raikkonen and Alonso during his time in F1, losing out to the Spaniard in the 2006 drivers’ championship at the final round of the season. However, he believes that the two drivers working together at Ferrari could be successful, albeit difficult to manage.

“Ferrari with Fernando and Kimi, that sounds like an explosive mixture,” Schumacher told German publication Bild.

“For motorsport fans it will certainly be sensational and for the competition tough to crack. It will be exciting to watch.”

The signing of Raikkonen for 2014 has received a mixed response from the F1 world. Although it has been acknowledged that this will give the team the strongest driver pairing for next season, the prospect of having two high-powered drivers in the same team is one that appears problematic at first.

Both Raikkonen and Alonso have enjoyed ‘number one’ status in the past, but they will now have to work together in order to give Ferrari a shot at their first constructors’ championship since 2008.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

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