Alex Wurz has revealed that he would be interested in contesting the Race of Champions, and is lining up friend and WRC ace Manfred Stohl as a potential team-mate.

The Austrian, who retired as active race driver in Formula One between the Chinese and Brazilian grands prix, said that he was waiting to hear whether there was a space for Team Austria in the line-up at Wembley in December.

"Manfred and I would gladly take up the attack," Wurz confirmed to sportnet.at, "We are negotiating with the organisers, but they are waiting to hear from two of the top three finishers in the Formula One world championship before making a decision."

With Team Finland already confirmed as featuring the title-winning partnership of Heikki Kovalainen and Marcus Gronholm, Wurz can only be referring to McLaren team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso as the ones RoC organisers are waiting on, unless Kimi Raikkonen can be tempted to form part of a Scandinavian line-up. However, with Mattias Ekstrom and Tom Kristensen currently combining under that banner, and the official RoC website revealing two unfilled entries for the Nations Cup, another British pairing and/or a Team Spain could be in the pipeline to thwart the Austrian duo.

Seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher is already confirmed as half of Team Germany, while four-time Champ Car king and soon-to-be Toro Rosso F1 pilot Sebastien Bourdais heads up Team France. Jenson Button and David Coulthard are also in the line-up.

 

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