Now triple Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel will demonstrate the 2011 Red Bull F1 car as part of the Race of Champions (December 14-16).
Fans attending the event’s debut at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium will be treated to Vettel running the car that delivered him to the second of his three titles, taking his most recent accolade at the end of an eventful Brazilian Grand Prix, beating Fernando Alonso to the title despite being punted into a spin on the opening lap of the race.
“Congratulations to Sebastian for taking his third Formula 1 world championship in one of the most dramatic finales ever seen in the sport,” said Fredrik Johnsson, ROC organiser. “Now our Bangkok audience can watch Seb’s Red Bull Racing car, hear the deafening noise from its engine and even smell the smoke from its tyres.”
“We always treat our crowds to a non-stop feast of entertainment and this year is no exception,” he added. “Alongside the reigning world champions on both two wheels and four, Chris Pfeiffer and Terry Grant will show just what can be achieved when you don’t bother to keep all those wheels on the ground. We guarantee action, spectacle and noise galore – and that’s not even to mention the main event.”
As well as the champion of four wheels, Jorge Lorenzo, the MotoGP champion will demonstrate his Yamaha bike for the fans in the stadium, who will also get a taste of vintage rallying by Stig Blomqvist in a Group B Audi S1. Streetbike Freestyle rider Pfeiffer and ROC regular, stunt driver Grant complete the billing alongside the Race of Champions normal brand of racing.
Both Vettel and Lorenzo are among the competitors already confirmed to take part in the race, the former partnering Michael Schumacher as Team Germany as they look to add to the succession of title in the Nations’ Cup competition. Other drivers confirmed include Andy Priaulx and David Coulthard, who will form Team UK, Tom Kristensen, Mick Doohan and V8 Supercar driver Jamie Whincup, who added a fourth title in the Australian series to his own CV this season.
The Nations’ Cup is scheduled for Saturday December 15, the individual Race of Champions event the following day.