Schumacher and Vettel Confirm RoC Presence in Beijing

The 22nd running edition of the Race of Champions will benefit from the presence of both Schumachers – the original Formula One champion and the “new Schumacher” – as confirmed earlier this week. Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel announced their will pair for Team Germany in the event due to be hosted by the Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium on November 3-4.

Team Germany will try to make it three in a row in the Nations Cup this year, as the German squad won the last two events, held on Wembley Stadium. The two drivers will also compete in the individual competition, where they promise a show to remember for the Chinese fans.

The Race of Champions is always big fun to compete in. 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,” said Schumacher.

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.”

Sebastian and I are geared up to defend our title again. And of course I will push also in the driver's category and will try to win there too,” added the 7-time world champion.

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,” added Vettel.

Neither Schumacher, not Vettel have managed to win the RoC in the past. The two drivers therefore join Clivio Piccione and Emmanuele Pirro in the 2009 RoC lineup, as the last two drivers have managed to top the South Europe regional final in Portugal for Team Monaco.
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