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Schumi and Vettel to defend Race of Champions crown

It has been confirmed that Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel will head to Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium in November to defend Germany's Nations' Cup glory in the annual Race of Champions (ROC), the end-of-season spectacular that pitches the biggest stars from all disciplines of motorsport against each other in identical machinery.

Immediately after the final Formula 1 race of the year in Abu Dhabi, the seven-time world champion and Red Bull Racing grand prix winner will both fly to China, where they will work as a team in the ROC Nations' Cup on 3 November before battling it out for individual glory in the Race of Champions just a day later, competing around a specially-constructed parallel tarmac circuit built inside the stadium made famous by the 2008 Summer Olympics.

“The Race of Champions is always big fun to compete in,” remarked Schumacher. “It's the perfect combination of fighting on-track and at the same time having fun together, and this comes across to the audience. The spectators feel this special atmosphere and ultimately enjoy themselves as much as we do.

“I'm really looking forward to joining in again this year, and am curious to see how the Chinese spectators will react to our crazy show on the track in the famous and beautiful Olympic Stadium. I'm sure they will love an event that has been entertaining European motorsport crowds for over 20 years.

"What's also important to me is that the ROC helps raise money and awareness for ICM, the Institute for advanced research on Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders, which is under construction in Paris and that I have been a supporter of for several years.

“Sebastian and I are geared up to defend our title again – and of course I will push also in the drivers' category and will try to win there too!”

The duo will enter the ROC Nations' Cup as favourites, having won the event for the past two years at Wembley Stadium. In the Race of Champions itself, Schumacher has twice reached the final – in 2004 and 2007 – whilst Vettel is hopeful of improving on his form from last year.

“I'm really looking forward to this year's Race of Champions in Beijing,” enthused the man who achieved RBR's maiden F1 victory in the Chinese Grand Prix back in April. “The event is always a lot of fun, and to compete in the Bird's Nest is going to be amazing. I think everyone still has the image of this fantastic stadium in their memories from the Olympic Games last year.

“I look forward to trying to take our third title for Germany in the ROC Nations' Cup together with Michael, and personally I'm also aiming to win the individual Race of Champions after the disappointment last year when I was knocked out in the quarter-finals.”

The two German drivers will join Team Monaco's Clivio Piccione and Emmanuele Pirro, who won their places in the event by triumphing in the Race of Champions' first regional final, ROC South Europe in Portugal, last weekend.


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Schuey - Unregistered

June 15, 2009 9:32 AM

I totally agree with you schumigirl, I have also supported Michael since I first saw him. We were also at the R0C, having been to all the ones he has competed in, in Europe. I am very disappointed that it is not at Wembley this year. I miss him very much too. I have been luckly enough to see him at Monza twice, after he had won the 2004 WDC & again in 2006 where he won. The crowd are brilliant there, invading the track for the greatest ever racing driver.

schumigirl1956

June 15, 2009 1:15 AM
Last Edited 139 days ago

I watched the race at Wembley for The Race of Champions 2008 live, i was there, Michael and Sabastien were awesome. i am so proud of them,I always buy the DVD of this event but they cut the good bits out. it makes me wonder why in 2009 they are not holding it at Wembley, i have been 2 times and i love the show and enjoy watching Michael let roar, i have enjoyed all his races since 1991 and i have supported and followed him since then and i am still continuing. :) :)I still miss Michael at the races but he makes a lovely ferrari advisor.



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