Formula One champions' Schumacher and Vettel prepare for 2012 ROC in Bangkok

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Schumacher: “This won’t be my last Race Of Champions” as he and Vettel aim for the Nations Cup for their homeland. Both hope to leave with the Champion of Champions individual crown!

Michael Schumacher may have retired from Formula 1, but his career at the Race Of Champions is far from over. Not only will the German compete at ROC 2012 in Bangkok on December 14-16 but he is vowing to be back for more in the future.

Schumacher has partnered fellow multiple world F1 champion Sebastian Vettel to the ROC Nations Cup title for a record five consecutive years. But even if the pair extend their winning run to six in Bangkok, it will not sate 43-year-old Schumacher’s appetite for glory – and good fortune…

“But my lucky number is actually number 7.

Michael Schumacher

“The Race Of Champions is always a very special event,” Schumacher told ROC’s official preview podcast. “And this time it’s in Bangkok close to Christmas so I’m very much looking forward to racing with my old mate Seb for another repeat of our title.

“But my lucky number is actually number 7. So we’ve got to do this and then the one after. That would be the ultimate. Obviously this means I’m not retiring from the Race Of Champions yet.

I could have retired from it by the end of this year, but I don’t want to. It’s too much fun. And as long as I’m still a bit competitive in it, why not?”

Vettel headed into Formula 1’s final double-header of 2012 with a 10-point lead over his only remaining challenger, Fernando Alonso. He fulfilled his intention and landed his third successive F1 crown so Team Germany can head to Bangkok with an almighty haul of 10 world titles between them.

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing and Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing and Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP

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"I’m looking forward to the Race Of Champions," said Vettel. "It’s always fun to enjoy time away from the track with the other drivers – not just from F1 but rallying, touring cars and all sorts of motor sports round the globe.

“We obviously want to win our sixth ROC Nations Cup but I think Michael will stick with me in the future because we’ve got to get at least seven. It’s a lucky number for him, so that’s the big number we have to achieve.”

The field for ROC 2012 includes multiple MotoGP world champions in Mick Doohan and Jorge Lorenzo, plus the reigning title-holders from Indycar (Ryan Hunter-Reay) and V8 Supercars (Jamie Whincup).

But if anyone thinks the German pair might take their eye off the ball when it comes to number six, Schumacher is happy to put them straight, adding: “I want to take them all down, very clear. Watch out…”

2011 Nations Cup winners Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel for Team Germany
2011 Nations Cup winners Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel for Team Germany

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The Race Of Champions, which is being staged for the 25th consecutive year in 2012, brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s main disciplines – including Formula 1, world rally, touring cars, Le Mans, MotoGP, Indycar and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.

ROC 2012 will take place on a specially constructed tarmac track with two parallel lanes winding their way round Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium.

Drivers pair up for the ROC Nations Cup, this year scheduled for Saturday 15 December, ahead of the individual Race Of Champions on Sunday 16 December.

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