Only six days remain before Michael Schumacher makes his competitive racing return in The Race of Champions this Sunday (16 December) and the motorsport legend has been talking about his reasons for coming back. Partly tempted by his support...
Only six days remain before Michael Schumacher makes his competitive racing return in The Race of Champions this Sunday (16 December) and the motorsport legend has been talking about his reasons for coming back.
Partly tempted by his support for The Race of Champion's chosen charity, the Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders (ICM), Schumacher cannot deny he is also looking forward to the camaraderie of the day and the unique event.
"I remember having a lot of fun," said Schumacher, speaking of his first ROC appearance in 2004. "I thought it was a marvellous event, especially for the spectators who really seemed to enjoy themselves and cheered us all up."
"But it was also extremely funny for us drivers, who got to know each other a bit better, competing for fun. So I have only good memories on this last event I was participating."
All the world-class drivers at Wembley this Sunday will be helping to raise money for ICM, which carries out ground-breaking research into brain damage and head trauma.
Fredrik Johnsson, President of The Race of Champions' organisers IMP, is a long-time supporter and is delighted that ICM will be The ROC's official charity for the fourth consecutive year.
Amongst the fund-raising activities, a portion of profits from tickets sales will be given to ICM, whose representatives are expected to be at Wembley Stadium. They will also receive signed, exclusive racing gear to auction from the drivers, as well as appeals on the official TV broadcasting.
"I will race in London because The Race of Champions is supporting ICM, an initiative which I am extremely proud about being part of," said Schumacher, who is an avid supporter. "To me, combining the racing and the charity is the perfect option."
"My part in this organisation is rather small, as the other founder members are extraordinary people, but I am happy to at least support ICM with trying to heighten the awareness about it."