2019 ROC Nations Cup finalists Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher will make a second appearance together at the Race of Champions (ROC), to be held in Pite Havsbad, Sweden, next February.
Speaking about the German’s duo return to the competition, Vettel commented: “I’m really looking forward to being back competing in the Race Of Champions again, and to represent Germany together with Mick.”
As a team, they reached the ROC Nations Cup finals back in 2019, finishing second after Team Nordic, led by Tom Kristensen and Johan Kristoffersson.
In the individual ROC competition, “Champion of Champions”, they faced each other in the group stage, with Schumacher emerging victorious over his compatriot.
At the time, the race took place at the Foro Sol in Mexico City; that same year, Schumacher, a Formula 3 European champion (2018), graduated to Formula 2 with Prema Racing, also joining the Ferrari Driver Academy.
“At ROC Mexico [in 2019], we came second in the ROC Nations Cup, so our aim is to do one better in Sweden,” Vettel added.
The competition will feature a unique racing course built on the frozen Baltic Sea in Pite Havsbad, presenting a new challenge for drivers.
Described by the organizers as “the widest course in ROC’s thirty-year history,” the 2022 edition will be contested on a snow and ice surface, featuring electric cars and 100 percent fossil-fuel-free biofuel engines.
In that regard, Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One driver further remarked: “The competition will be very strong, especially from the Nordic drivers who have a lot more experience than us driving on snow and ice.
“It’s very nice to see the many new sustainability initiatives that the Race Of Champions are implementing, as they aim to become a climate-positive event over the coming years.”
Thus far, the organization has also confirmed the presence of FIA World Rally and World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg, 9-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb, PURE ETCR series, and two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom.
“ROC must provide something special in the equipment and in the racing environment for these premier drivers to venture all the way to the Arctic,” stressed ROC President Fredrik Johnsson.
Adding: “I think this event in Sweden has everyone’s curiosity, including Mick and Sebastian, who both asked a lot of questions when we met at the Mexican F1 Grand Prix.
“Sebastian is one of the most successful drivers in ROC history, and Mick made a big impression on everyone in his debut at ROC Mexico. It will be very interesting to see how they adapt to the new ROC Snow + Ice track!”
Before joining the pinnacle of motorsport, Mick won the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2020, his second year at Formula One feeder series.
“Representing Germany together with Sebastian will for sure be big fun, and obviously, we aim to win a trophy again,” Schumacher outlined.
“We have to continue the success of Team Germany and fight for victory. The other teams, especially the Nordic ones, may have more ice-driving experience, but we will try to make up for that with our motivation and resilience over the days of the event.
“Either way, I so very much look forward to meeting all the other drivers and spending time with them during the Race Of Champions weekend.”
Vettel, currently a driver with Aston Martin in Formula One, will be making his 10th entry at ROC in 2022, having partnered seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, earning six ROC titles (between 2007-2012) at the ROC Nations Cup.
The 34-year-old was also crowned “Champion of Champions” at ROC London in 2015 in a final showdown with Le Mans 9-time winner Kristensen.