First post-Components 1 racing look for Sebastian Vettel confirmed : PlanetF1

Sebastian Vettel has been introduced for the 2023 Race of Champions, his first confirmed racing motion post-Components 1.

It was Vettel who kicked-off ‘foolish season’ for 2022 when he confirmed that this is able to be the ultimate season for him in Components 1, Fernando Alonso later confirmed as his upcoming substitute at Aston Martin.

That posed the query of what comes subsequent for Vettel? The four-time World Champion himself stated that this thought is slightly daunting for him.

However, we now know that the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix won’t be Vettel’s closing style of racing motion, as he has been confirmed for the 2023 Race of Champions in Sweden.

Vettel has loved a substantial amount of success within the occasion beforehand, a former Race of Champions winner and seven-time Nations’ Cup co-victor.

The Race of Champions stays in Sweden for the 2023 occasion, returning to the snow and ice of Sweden’s Pite Havsbad. Will probably be held from 28-29 January, 2023.

“I can’t consider a greater place for my first race after I retire from Components 1 than the Race of Champions,” stated Vettel.

“This will probably be my eleventh look, and I preserve coming again as a result of it’s a particular occasion, and a lot enjoyable.

“I don’t have a lot expertise of racing on snow and ice, so it made for a steep studying curve in Sweden earlier this 12 months – and a really nice shock to succeed in the person closing in opposition to Sébastien Loeb.

“Now I can’t wait to return again and provides ROC-style ice racing one other attempt to hopefully assist Staff Germany win one other ROC Nations Cup title.”

Vettel is just not the one star from the world of Components 1 participating, as 1998 and 1999 champ Mika Hakkinen has additionally been confirmed for the occasion.

“I made my first look on the Race of Champions earlier this 12 months and I’m delighted to be coming again once more,” Hakkinen commented.

“This occasion has a terrific environment, it’s incredible to fulfill up with so many nice drivers and everybody within the organisation does a terrific job. I’ve completed the Arctic Rally a couple of instances, so I’ve at the least pushed on ice earlier than. Right here’s hoping that may assist me out this time…”

Additionally among the many first batch of confirmed racers was Williams’ growth driver and two-time W Collection champ Jamie Chadwick, who has additionally established a runaway lead within the 2022 W Collection standings.

“To have the possibility to drive on snow and ice is superb and doing it on the Race of Champions makes it much more particular,” she commented.

“My ROC debut this 12 months was a pinch-yourself second to be amongst so many motorsport greats, so I’m delighted to be coming again. It’s a lot enjoyable and I even stunned myself by profitable a few races – even when I quickly discovered that it doesn’t take a lot to finish up in a snowbank as an alternative!”


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