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Schumacher and Vettel win ROC Nations Cup for Germany

17 Dec 2007
Schumacher and Vettel win ROC Nations Cup for Germany
Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher and team mate Sebastian Vettel beat 2006 victors, Team Finland, to clinch the Nations Cup for Germany at this year’s Race of Champions (ROC). Swedish competitor and former DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom, meanwhile, won the final solo event to be crowned the 2007 ‘Champion of Champions’.

The annual showdown, which sees national teams of world-renowned drivers compete in a variety of machinery, took place at Wembley stadium in London on Sunday. Other Formula One drivers in action included Renault’s Heikki Kovalainen, Honda’s Jenson Button and Red Bull’s David Coulthard.

Initially it looked as though Team Finland had the edge in the finals with Kovalainen taking victory in the opening race, after Schumacher stalled on the start line. Toro Rosso driver Vettel, however, brought the German pair back into contention after a spectacular victory against world rally champion Marcus Gronholm. The twenty year-old then went on to win the third - and final - round to clinch the cup.

“I didn’t expect that,” explained Vettel. “I had a strong team mate in the beginning when I needed help. After that it was quite good. I raced against Marcus in his own car; so almost like in his living room! I was already putting together all my excuses; I didn’t expect to win at all!”

Schumacher also made it to the finals of the concluding ‘Champion of Champions’ event after beating four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais in the semi-finals. Despite winning one round against Ekstrom, the 38 year-old missed out on clinching the crown after spinning on the final corner of the concluding race. The German, however, is hoping to compete again next year.

“This is my first time racing after my retirement,” explained the former Ferrari driver. “In previous years if you race in F1 you have a lot of pressure. You are determined and focused and at this time of year, I just liked to switch off. Now it’s different so I’m open for fun events such as this. I hope I get an invitation next year!”
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Eurosport - Mon, 17 Dec 16:25:00 2007
Michael Schumacher has categorically ruled out a return to Formula One racing in the future, despite a strong showing at the Race of Champions.

The seven-time world champion retired at the end of the 2006 season, but made a return to the cockpit of an F1 Ferrari at two winter tests over the last month.

And, after a brilliant performance at the RoC at Wembley, in which he finished as runner-up in the main event and guided Germany to their maiden Nations' Cup title, rumours spread that he was ready to return to competition.

But, when asked if this was the case, Schumacher issued an immediate "No" as his answer and also said he would re-buff any attempts by the DTM to tempt him into the touring car series, adding: "I can't race unless I can see my wheels."

Schumacher, 37, did however, say that he would be delighted to return to the Race of Champions in the future, as it is "a fun event."

"We come here to enjoy ourselves, to be here for a good reason, the ICM charity, and finally to race and do this as professional as we can and as good as we can.

"We can all live with this because it is not a championship, there is no pressure and that is what is good about it.

"It has been good to switch off completely with my family, but this is the first time of my retirement [when I have felt the competitive instinct] and, if I am invited back, I would love to do it again."

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I wish I could have watched this on TV. Too bad Speed doesn't bother to show us the good stuff! My surprise is even bigger because US representatives have done well in the past at this event!
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I wish I could have watched this on TV. Too bad Speed doesn't bother to show us the good stuff! My surprise is even bigger because US representatives have done well in the past at this event!
Keep an eye on the schedule. They showed it two years ago when Kovalienen won. Maybe they will broadcast it in a week or two.

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