Vitaly Petrov has become the fourth current F1 driver to put his name down for the traditional year-ending Race of Champions.
The Russian will join fellow F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button at the event, which pitches a host of international drivers against each other in a series of knockout-style time trial races in a host of cars. This year’s event will return to Dusseldorf’s ESPRIT Arena on the first weekend of December.
“It was a great honour to be the first Russian driver in Formula 1 – and now I’m delighted to become the first Russian to compete at the Race Of Champions,” Petrov said, when making the announcement.
“I’ve followed the event for a long time and I know that all the drivers claim to be there for fun, while pushing as hard as ever in the cars. I’ve never raced in an event with such a quick turnaround of machinery but perhaps my unusual background in rally sprints and ice racing can help me. I’ll give my best and see what happens.”
Along with the quartet of Formula 1 drivers, other renowned motor-racing stars such as Tom Kristensen (Le Mans Series), Martin Tomczyk (DTM), Sebastian Ogier (WRC) and Romain Grosjean (GP2) have also signed up for the event.
Last year’s event saw Team Germany (Vettel and Schumacher) successfully defend its Nations Cup title, while Portuguese DTM racer Filipe Albuquerque took a surprise win in the individual drivers’ category.
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