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Button to join Vettel, Schumacher at Race of Champions 22 Aug 2011

L-R: Tanner Foust (USA), Travis Pastrana (USA), Jenson Button (GBR) and Andy Priaulx (GBR). Race of Champions, Birds Nest Stadium, Beijing, China, 3 November 2009. Jenson Button (GBR). Race of Champions, Birds Nest Stadium, Beijing, China, 3 November 2009. 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

McLaren’s Jenson Button will return to the Race of Champions (ROC) in 2011 after a year’s absence, organisers have confirmed. Button will make his fourth ROC appearance in Dusseldorf, Germany on the weekend of December 3-4, joining fellow F1 world champions Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.

The ROC is an annual end-of-season competition, which brings together the world's greatest drivers from various motorsport disciplines and pitches them head-to-head in identical machinery.

Button made his last ROC appearance in Beijing in 2009, just days after the end of his fairytale title-winning F1 season with Brawn. The Briton has a strong record in the event: in 2009 he reached the ROC Nations Cup final for Team GB in partnership with fellow Guernsey resident Andy Priaulx and he also made the semi-finals of the individual Race of Champions.

"I'm really looking forward to coming back to the Race of Champions again in December,” said Button. “It's a great way to round off the season and it's always fun to meet up with old friends from all the different forms of motorsport. Apart from last year when I had a clash of commitments, I've turned into something of an ROC regular.

"It’s a lot of fun and everyone wants to put on a good show for the fans. In the ROC Nations Cup Team Germany had an annoying habit of beating us at Wembley so it's probably about time someone managed to pay them back on their home ground..."

ROC organiser Fredrik Johnsson said: “We are delighted that we will see Jenson back at the Race of Champions in 2011. He has always been a hugely entertaining performer in this event and we’ve always appreciated his appearances. The last two were particularly memorable as he came to Wembley in 2008 when he didn’t know if he’d still be driving in F1 in 2009. Then, 12 months later, he returned to ROC as F1 world champion. We look forward to plenty more excitement from him in December.”

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