Button Confirms Race Of Champions Return


After a year's absence, Jenson Button has announced he will return to the Race of Champions in 2011, marking his fourth appearance in the end of season event. Button joins fellow Formula 1 World Champions Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel at the event in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Button made his last ROC appearance at the Beijing event in 2009, just days after the end of his fairytale title-winning F1 season. The British ace has a strong record in the competition, reaching the final of the Nations Cup competition alongside Andy Priaulx in 2009, where he also made the semi-finals of the individual competition.

Button said: “I’m really looking forward to coming back to the Race Of Champions again in December. It’s a great way to round off the season and it’s always fun to meet up with old friends from all the different forms of motorsport. Apart from last year when I had a clash of commitments, I’ve turned into something of an ROC regular. It's a lot of fun and everyone wants to put on a good show for the fans. In the ROC Nations Cup Team Germany had an annoying habit of beating us at Wembley so it’s probably about time someone managed to pay them back on their home ground…”

Race organiser Fredrik Johnsson added: “We are delighted that we will see Jenson back at the Race Of Champions in 2011. He has always been a hugely entertaining performer in this event and we've always appreciated his appearances. The last two were particularly memorable as he came to Wembley in 2008 when he didn't know if he'd still be driving in F1 in 2009. Then, 12 months later, he returned to ROC as F1 world champion. We look forward to plenty more excitement from him in December.”