Vettel, Schumacher to compete in 2022 Race of Champions

Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher are the latest names to be confirmed on the burgeoning list of stars competing in next February’s Race of Champions in Sweden.

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Vettel, now racing for Aston Martin, and Haas F1 rookie Schumacher will represent Germany in the event to be held at the seaside resort Pite Havsbad on February 5-6, 2022.

Vettel won the individual Race of Champions at London's Olympic Stadium in 2015, beating nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen in the final. The 34-year-old has also won the ROC Nations Cup team title six times with Schumacher’s father, seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher.

Vettel won the 2017 edition of the Nations Cup solo, after teammate Pascal Wehrlein was injured.

At ROC Mexico in 2019, Mick Schumacher and Vettel finished runners-up behind Team Nordic’s Johan Kristoffersson and Kristensen, both of whom are coming back to defend their title in Sweden.

“I’m really looking forward to being back competing in the Race of Champions again and to represent Germany together with Mick." said Vettel.

“At ROC Mexico, we came second in the ROC Nations Cup, so our aim is to do one bette​r in Sweden."

Read Also:
Sebastian Vettel, Mick Schumacher

Sebastian Vettel, Mick Schumacher

Photo by: Race of Champions

ROC is moving away from its traditional stadium format by racing on a wide and fast course of snow and ice on the frozen Baltic Sea, located close to the Arctic circle.

Vettel believes he and Schumacher will be in for a tough challenge against a wide array of Scandinavian stars more familiar with the elements.

"The competition will be very strong especially from the Nordic drivers who have a lot more experience than us driving on snow and ice," he said.

Schumacher added: "Representing Germany together with Sebastian will for sure be big fun, and obviously we aim to win a trophy again.

"I so very much look forward to meeting all the other drivers and spending time with them during the Race of Champions weekend.

"The snow and ice promises to make this ROC event extremely special, and I am more than sure the drivers will have a crazy good time together in Sweden.”

Other drivers confirmed for the event include Mika Hakkinen and Valtteri Bottas, Sebastien Loeb, Mattias Ekstrom, Petter and Oliver Solberg, Jimmie Johnson and Travis Pastrana.

shares
comments
The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher
Previous article

The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher

Next article

Russell: Everyone at Williams frustrated by recent form

Russell: Everyone at Williams frustrated by recent form
Load comments
The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022 Prime

The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022

Mick Schumacher’s knack of improving during his second season in a championship was a trademark of his junior formula career, so his progress during his rookie Formula 1 campaign with Haas was encouraging. His target now will be to turn that improvement into results as the team hopes to reap the rewards of sacrificing development in 2021

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Prime

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. James Newbold hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwart.

Formula 1
Jan 15, 2022
When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push Prime

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push

There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years

Formula 1
Jan 13, 2022
How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner Prime

How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner

Brabham’s first world championship race-winning car was held back by unreliable Climax engines – or so its creators believed, as STUART CODLING explains

Formula 1
Jan 10, 2022
The steps Norris took to reach a new level in the 2021 F1 season Prime

The steps Norris took to reach a new level in the 2021 F1 season

Lando Norris came of age as a grand prix driver in 2021. McLaren’s young ace is no longer an apprentice or a quietly capable number two – he’s proved himself a potential winner in the top flight and, as Stuart Codling finds out, he’s ready to stake his claim to greatness…

Formula 1
Jan 9, 2022
How Fangio set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton in F1 Prime

How Fangio set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton in F1

Juan Manuel Fangio, peerless on track and charming off it, established the gold standard of grand prix greatness. Nigel Roebuck recalls a remarkable champion.

Formula 1
Jan 8, 2022
How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam Prime

How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam

George Russell joining Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes this year gives it arguably the best line-up in Formula 1 – if it can avoid too many fireworks. After serving his apprenticeship at Williams, Russell is the man that Mercedes team believes can lead it in the post-Hamilton era, but how will he fare against the seven-time champion? Motorsport.com heard from the man himself

Formula 1
Jan 6, 2022
How F1 pulled off its second pandemic season and its 2022 implications Prime

How F1 pulled off its second pandemic season and its 2022 implications

OPINION: The Formula 1 season just gone was the second to be completed under the dreaded shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in many ways it was much more ‘normal’ than 2020. Here’s the story of how the championship’s various organisers delivered a second challenging campaign, which offers a glimpse at what may be different next time around

Formula 1
Jan 5, 2022