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Wolff to take on Schumacher in Race of Champions 04 Nov 2013

Susie Wolff (GBR) Williams Development Driver.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Three, Friday, 19 July 2013 Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand.13th - 16th December 2012.Romain Grosjean celebrates during the Race Of Champions. David Coulthard (GBR) BBC Television Commentator.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand.13th - 16th December 2012.Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel celebrate their sixth win for Team Germany in the Nations Cup.

She may not have yet had the chance to compete against her Formula One contemporaries, but Williams development driver Susie Wolff is set to test her mettle against F1 legend Michael Schumacher at the Race of Champions (ROC) later this year.

Wolff will become the first woman to compete in the annual event, which comprises individual and team elements, when she partners F1 veteran and fellow Scot David Coulthard as part of Team GB at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium in Thailand on December 14-15.

Held every year since 1988, the Race of Champions brings together the world’s greatest stars from motorsport’s main disciplines and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery. This year’s driver line-up also includes nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, four-time V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup and 2013 World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier.

“Any driver would love to be invited to do the Race of Champions,” said Wolff. “It’s an event I have watched as far back as I can remember. What is so exciting is that the cars race head-to-head and you can see how close it is: it always comes down to hundredths. Jumping in and out of the different cars is going to be the real challenge. You need to make sure your car control is as good as it can be because you don’t have time to get a proper feeling for the car, you just get in and go.

“Then there’s the ROC Nations Cup, where I certainly feel responsibility to make sure we do well as a nation. I know David from our time in DTM and I rate him really highly so to be part of the team alongside him makes me very proud. Of course we’ll be up against drivers who are absolutely at the top of their game. So I know it’s not going to be easy but I’m relishing the challenge.”

Last year’s individual Race of Champions title was won by Lotus’s Romain Grosjean, while the German pairing of Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel have taken the Nations Cup crown for the past six years.

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