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Vettel signs up for Race of Champions in 2023

Vettel signs up for Race of Champions in 2023

Vettel signs up for Race of Champions in 2023
Sebastian Vettel may not be in a Formula 1 Car in 2023, but he will definitely be racing, as the German signed up for the 2023 Race of Champions in Sweden’s Pite Havsbad.

The four-time F1 Champion announced ahead of the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix that he will be retiring from top flight at the end of this season, after making his debut back in 2007 with BMW Sauber.

However, Vettel will not be keeping still, as it was announced that he will be taking part in the Race of Champions (ROC) that will be held in January 28 and 29 next year, at Pite Havsbad, Sweden, the second time in a row on the snow and ice venue.

Vettel won the ROC Nations’ Cup a record seven times for team Germany when he paired up with seven-time F1 Champion Michael Schumacher.

In 2022 he paired up with Schumacher’s son Mick as team Germany, but did not win, as Vettel went on to final part of the individual Race of Champions finishing runner up against rally legend Sebastian Loeb.

Vettel’s first race after retiring

This year, Vettel will be joined by double F1 Champion Mika Hakkinen as well as Two-time W Series Champion and Williams Driver Academy member Jamie Chadwick.

Vettel said: “I can’t think of a better place for my first race after I retire from Formula 1 than the Race Of Champions. This will be my 11th appearance, and I keep coming back because it’s a special event, and so much fun.

“I don’t have much experience of racing on snow and ice so it made for a steep learning curve in Sweden earlier this year – and a very pleasant surprise to reach the individual final against Sébastien Loeb.

“Now I can’t wait to come back and give ROC-style ice racing another try and hopefully help Team Germany win another ROC Nations Cup title,” the Aston Martin driver concluded.

Hakkinen added: “I made my first appearance at the Race Of Champions earlier this year and I’m delighted to be coming back again.

Hakkinen looking for a better result this year

“This event has a great atmosphere, it’s fantastic to meet up with so many great drivers and everyone in the organisation does a great job.

“I’ve done the Arctic Rally a few times, so I have at least driven on ice before. Here’s hoping that can help me out this time,” the Finn said ahead of his second ROC participation.

Chadwick said of he maiden ROC participation: “To have the chance to drive on snow and ice is amazing, and doing it at the Race Of Champions makes it even more special.

“My ROC debut this year was a pinch-yourself moment to be among so many motorsport greats, so I’m delighted to be coming back. It’s so much fun and I even surprised myself by winning a couple of races – even if I soon found out that it doesn’t take much to end up in a snowbank instead!” she added.

Vettel will embark on the final leg of his F1 career at the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix on October 2. Over the years he has accumulated four Drivers’ Titles, 53 wins, and 57 pole positions.