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Schumacher and Vettel to defend ROC title in Germany 26 Apr 2010

Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher celebrate their Nations Cup victory, Bird's Nest stadium, Beijing, China, 3 November 2009. © Race of Champions Group photo of the drivers competing in the 2009 Race of Champions event, Bird's Nest stadium, Beijing, China, 3 November 2009. © Race of Champions Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher celebrate their Nations Cup victory, alongside runner-up pairing Jenson Button and Andy Priaulx, Bird's Nest stadium, Beijing, China, 3 November 2009. © Race of Champions

This year’s Race of Champions (ROC) will be held in the German city of Dusseldorf, meaning Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel will be bidding to win their fourth consecutive Nations Cup title on home soil in November.

The annual end-of-season competition brings together the world’s greatest drivers from all motor sport disciplines, pitching them head-to-head in identical machinery. In recent years it has been held at the Stade de France in Paris (2004-2006), London’s Wembley Stadium (2007-2008) and Beijing's 'Bird's Nest' National Stadium (2009).

“It’s going to be very exciting to see The Race of Champions in Germany, particularly as Sebastian and I have won the Nations Cup for the last three years,” said Schumacher. “So this is a great opportunity and a fantastic decision from the organisers. I'm really looking forward to defending our title in front of our home crowd.”

"It is special to do this kind of event in front of your home crowd," added Vettel. "It will be a unique experience and hopefully Michael and I will get a lot of support. We have a good mix of youth and experience and we’ll try to defend our title but we know it won’t be easy as the others are always pushing.”

Both men will also be bidding for solo success in the individual ROC competition. Last year saw Schumacher knock out Vettel in the semi-finals, only to lose out to former DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom - who had beaten Jenson Button in his semi - in the final.

“In the individual event we’ll all be fighting for ourselves so it will be interesting to see who does better,” said Schumacher. “It's always a fun event to meet up with our colleagues but you take it seriously inside the cars.”

“Last year in the individual race I had a shunt in the semi-final so hopefully I can finally make it into that final and get a good result,” commented Vettel. “Either way it’s a great way to end the season. All the drivers always have a lot of fun together at this event, where there are always jokes behind the scenes."

The 2010 Race of Champions takes place on November 26-27 at Dusseldorf’s covered and heated ESPRIT arena.