Ferrari F1 driver Sebastian Vettel has claimed victory at the Race Of Champions at London's Olympic Stadium after beating Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen in the best-of-three final.
The four-time F1 world champion and six-time RoC Nations Cup winner made up for a bitter defeat in yesterday's Nations final against Team England by taking the top honours in the individual competition, needing just two races to defeat Kristensen in the best-of-three competition.
It marked Vettel's first independent victory in the Race Of Champions and the German was thrilled but astonished by his feat.
"I've tried so many times so today was a surprise, we know with this format you don't get much time in the car so you need to be quick when it matters and find the rhythm,” Vettel said. "I was able to find it today and end up in the final. In the first race, I pushed very hard. I think Tom had a bit of a problem in the second run in the final, so not entirely straightforward, but very happy and honoured to win.”
Vettel defeated World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg, 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Nico Hulkenberg and defending RoC champion David Coulthard on the way to the final.
He and fellow F1 drivers Jenson Button, Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa, Daniel Ricciardo, Jolyon Palmer, and Hulkenberg will now leave London to travel to Abu Dhabi for the season finale and the Yas Marina circuit.