Vitaly Petrov has become the latest driver to sign up for the 2011 running of the Race of Champions, which will take place in Germany next month.
The Lotus Renault GP driver will join the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button for the event, which sees drivers go head-to-head in identical machines around a circuit built inside a stadium.
“It was a great honour to be the first Russian driver in Formula One - and now I'm delighted to become the first Russian to compete at the Race Of Champions,” Petrov said. “I've followed the event for a long time and I know that all the drivers claim to be there for fun, while pushing as hard as ever in the cars.
“I've never raced in an event with such a quick turnaround of machinery but perhaps my unusual background in rally sprints and ice racing can help me. I'll give it my best and see what happens.”
Organiser Fredrik Johnsson welcomed Petrov into the line-up and said he was keen to see what the Russian could do in RoC competition.
“We're always aiming to expand our horizons at the Race Of Champions so we're thrilled to have our first Russian driver on board,” he said. “Vitaly had a great GP2 career and he has carried that over to Formula One in the past two years. We look forward to seeing him take on ROC's best in December.”