Weekend wins for Alguersuari, Button, Schumacher, Vettel 05 Dec 2011
The 2011 Formula One season may be complete, but that didnt stop at least four F1 drivers picking some much-prized silverware over the weekend, with Jaime Alguersuari, Jenson Button, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel all on the winners list.
Toro Rosso driver Alguersuari triumphed in the annual charity kart race organised by Ferraris Felipe Massa in his homeland of Brazil. Although Ferrari tester Jules Bianchi finished first on the road in both heats of the Florianopolis event, the Frenchman was subsequently disqualified for a weight rule infringement.
Other famous F1 names past and present taking part included former Virgin racer Lucas di Grassi and Williams Rubens Barrichello, who finished second and third respectively in the second heat, as well as Jerome D'Ambrosio, Tonio Liuzzi, Adrian Sutil, Pastor Maldonado, Nelson Piquet Jr, Antonio Pizzonia, Luciano Burti, Ricardo Zonta, Enrique Bernoldi, Christian Fittipaldi and Gianni Morbidelli.
Meanwhile, in Dusseldorf, the Team Germany partnership of Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel were busy taking their fifth successive win in the annual Race of Champions Nations Cup after a dramatic evenings work in front of their home crowd. Schumacher and Vettel defeated Team Nordics Tom Kristensen and Juho Hanninen in the final after a tense best-of-three semi-final against Team Great Britains Jenson Button and Andy Priaulx.
Its special to win five in a row, said Vettel. This is a difficult event and a lot of things have to come together. You jump into different cars and its easy to lose it so you have to push yourself to the limit. Winning at home makes up for the Nurburgring, which wasnt my best race of the F1 season!
Schumacher added: Its always a pleasure for us to be here - and especially to win it. Sebastian and I are good mates and we work well with each other and help each other. In the end it worked out right for us. Unlike him, this is one of the few wins Ive had this year - apart from a few in karts. There are so many great drivers here and we are all good in our own area. So this is just a nice competition and the social moments that we get to spend together behind the scenes are very special.
There was some compensation for Button later on Sunday evening when he picked up the 2011 British Competition Driver of the Year prize at the prestigious Autosport Awards in London. Vettel also flew back to the UK event, to collect the International Racing Driver of the Year Award for the second year in succession.
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