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Dakar 2017: Rest day, half distance videos

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Videos from Monday’s coverage of the 2017 Dakar Rally are linked in this post.

Coverage continues tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN for the next day of Dakar coverage.

Bolivia celebrates the halfway mark of the 2017 Dakar Rally and provides a much needed boost of energy to its competitors.

There’s nothing better than getting to watch the Dakar Rally through the eyes of the competitors. Watch the best clips from the first week of competition.

With the competitors granted a much-needed rest day, take a look back at how the competition has held up thus far. One American, Ricky Brabec, remains in Week 2 at 21st overall in bikes. Brabec then won stage seven, his first stage win.

The 2017 Dakar Rally began with 317 competitors and only 246 will begin the second leg, but not many have had to overcome what quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon has to try and complete the trek.

STAGE RECAPS

Stage seven
Stage six (cancelled due to weather)
Stage five (shortened due to weather)
Stage four and (VIDEOS)
Stage three and (VIDEOS)
Stage two and (VIDEOS)
Stage one and (VIDEOS)

Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.