Marussia Virgin press release
Timo has returned to his homeland to take part in the Race Of Champions at Dusseldorf’s ESPRIT Arena.
The ROC is an end-of-season spectacular that pits drivers from different motorsport categories against each other in a variety of cars. Timo partners two-time DTM Champion Timo Scheider to compete for the SAT.1 Team Germany 2 in the ROC Nations Cup which takes place on Saturday evening.
The ESPRIT Arena is the home of German football team Fortuna Dusseldorf but has been converted into an indoor race circuit.
The drivers go head-to-head for two laps on a parallel 600-metre long track crossing over-and-under each other at one point. The two Timo’s will compete in a four-team round-robin group stage with the top two going through to the semi-finals. And there they could face Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher of Team Germany 1.
Vettel and Schumacher have nine F1 drivers’ crowns between them and have won the Nations Cup for the past four years.
Timo said: “It is a good way to end the season being here with all these great drivers and see what we can do.
It is a good way to end the season being here with all these great drivers
“But It is a tough challenge. We’ve had our first practice sessions and when we did a heat and after two laps it was already over I thought ‘this is a short time to learn the car’ but we’ll see.”
And Timo joked that his countrymen and fellow F1 drivers had not passed on any tips about racing in an indoor arena.
He added: “I tried to get some information out of Sebastian and Michael but you can guess what they told me.
“They said ‘what is the Race of Champions, I was never there’ so there is no big help from those two guys but we will see what we can do.”