Vettel and Schumacher win ROC Nations Cup for the sixth consecutive time
By Berthold Bouman
Formula One drivers Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher won the ROC Nations Cup for the sixth consecutive time this weekend in Bangkok. The German duo beat Team Australia’s Jamie Whincup and Mick Doohan in the semi-finals and later, during the grand final, beat Team France’s Romain Grosjean and Sebastien Ogier.
They raced a mix of cars — including the Audi R8 LMS, VW Scirocco, Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo and the Toyota GT86 — on a purpose-built parallel track at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok.
Vettel and Schumacher, who together scored ten Formula One World Championships, won ten of the ten races in Bangkok and took their sixth ROC Nations Cup. Schumacher commented, “This is a historic day. It was already very special to win five times in a row but this new record just feels great. The Race Of Champions is a nice event with a nice set-up, there are great guys here and tough competition. We were pretty scared of the guys on Team France but in the end they lost time in the final heats so we were lucky to be consistent the whole way through.”
Vettel agreed and said, “Even Michael hasn’t managed six titles in a row before so this is something special. Six years is a long time and now we can look back and know we’ve won for the last six years. We all love coming here as it’s a special event. It’s a privilege and an honour to race with these guys. There’s one thing that connects us all, which is racing!”
Frenchman Grosjean was happy with the result, and is aiming for the win next year, “We knew going up against Team Germany was the toughest moment of the evening. But we fought as well as we could with what we had in our hands. Last year we reached the semi-final, this year the final. Now the next step is to be on the top of the podium.”
Ogier, who won the individual ROC last year, said, “We tried our best but they were very strong. We will try to do better next time. First I will do my best to retain the individual Race Of Champions title on Sunday but I know it will be tough.”