Former Race of Champions winners Sebastian Vettel and David Coulthard will return to the competition that takes place in Mexico City early next year.
Taking place inside the Foro Sol, a former baseball stadium, that now comprises the final corner complex to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Both racers were recently present where Vettel picked up a second place in the Mexican Grand Prix.
The German has become a veteran of the ROC, recording seven Nation Cup wins, six of which were alongside Michael Schumacher. Vettel also has one Champion of Champions crown, which he recorded in 2015 at London’s Olympic Stadium.
“I’m delighted to be coming back to the Race Of Champions, which has been a regular part of my racing life ever since I arrived in Formula 1,” said Vettel.
“All the drivers who have the honour to participate in ROC fall in love with the event. That’s because it reminds us all about why we first started racing; pure competition in identical cars.
“Now ROC Mexico promises to be an amazing event in the spectacular Foro Sol, which is already a favourite for us F1 drivers and fans all over the world … of course I will do everything I can to win again!”
David Coulthard, another event regular has picked up two Champion of Champions titles, including this years competition at ROC Riyadh. The multiple-F1 race winner is determined to maintain his crown.
“It is an ongoing mystery why I’m still having so much success at the Race Of Champions when I’m up against drivers who are younger and more talented than me! But that’s the nature of the knockout system.
I’m sure the law of averages will catch up with me soon, but until it does I’ll keep going out there and showing the kids how it’s done…” Coulthard joked.
“Now that I’ve officially retired from racing, to be honest I’m always surprised when (ROC President) Fredrik Johnsson invites me. But I’m delighted when he does. The camaraderie with all the other drivers is special and the Race Of Champions is so much fun for drivers and fans.”
The thirtieth running of the event takes place on the 19-20 January 2019.