Four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel has triumphed in this year's Race of Champions, leaving Tom Kristensen second at London’s Olympic Stadium.
Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has triumphed in this year's Race of Champions, leaving Tom Kristensen second at London’s Olympic Stadium.
The German driver defeated Petter Solberg, Nico Hulkenberg and David Coulthard to face Le Mans legend Kristensen, who won over Nelson Piquet, Jason Plato and Alex Buncombe. The F1 star had a tough start behind the wheel of the KTM X-Bow, but achieved a comfortable win in the buggies round against Hulkenberg. In the semi-finals, Vettel had a close game with Coulthard and proceeded to the final after a 2-1 win.
This was the first appearance in the final race for Vettel where he had to beat Tom Kristensen, who recorded losses in three previous ROC finals. The drivers had a calm and close first round on the Radical SR3s with Vettel edging Kristensen by a few tenths. Right before the second heat the ROC buggy of the Danish driver developed a misfire, postponing the race.
Shortly after, the battle continued as Kristensen stuffed his X-Bow into the barrier. Vettel had a clean run to win the Race of Champions in London.
Last year David Coulthard won the show race, leaving Pascal Wehrlein second, while the 2013 ROC was cancelled due to political unrest.