Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel will team up with seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher for the Race of Champions [ROC] when it takes over Wembley Stadium later this year.

The Formula 1 rookie, who amazed the paddock by finishing fourth in the recent Chinese Grand Prix, is a big RoC fan and cannot wait to compete in front of an expected 80,000 racing fans at Wembley this December.

"I have always watched the Race of Champions on TV every year and dreamed about participating one day," said the 20-year old, who was just four when his new team-mate made his F1 debut in 1991.

"It's fantastic to be invited, and I'm so happy - to represent Team Germany together with Michael Schumacher is a great honour," he admitted.

Wembley will be transformed into a race track using 1,800 tonnes of tarmac for the 16 December event, allowing 18 star drivers to compete head-to-head in a series of knockout heats to determine the 'Champion of Champions'.

Schumacher, who has never raced against Vettel, says he is pleased with the choice and is optimistic about Germany's chance of success.

"I really look forward to teaming up with Sebastian for the Race of Champions," added the Ferrari man, "Finally, we are in one team in motorsports as well, after having played charitysoccer together in the Nazionale Piloti.

"I have known Sebastian for a long time, having given him a trophy in a karting race when he was still a boy, and I remember being impressed by his drive. I still am, after his debut in F1 this year, and I am sure we will have a lot of fun together."

 

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