Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s newest acquisition, Mick Schumacher, may have not won the Race of Champions, but they certainly stole the show teaming up together. Not only does that go to the German fanbase, but also to the whole motorsport community, especially following yesterday’s official announcement regarding Mick joining the FDA.
"Most of all it's obviously very special to have teamed up with Mick today," said an emotional Vettel.
The German also recalled his first appearance at the event, where 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher was present.
"I remember my first Race Of Champions appearance and looking up to Michael. We all know it would be more special to have Michael here to witness Mick's performance today, but I'm sure he would be proud of his son."
Nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen and Swedish rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson prevailed over the prestigious Team Germany, but Vettel is content with the result nonetheless. "Mick and I can be proud of what we did today," Vettel continued "It would have been great to go home with the trophy but it's never easy to get all the way through the Race Of Champions, and we did well.”
Vettel holds 7 team wins for Germany at the legendary wintry race, with the last one being in 2017 in Miami.
"There's no shame in losing against Tom and Johan, who are world class drivers and they were just a bit too quick today. In the final I had a good feeling in the rallycross car, but Tom was a bit quicker.”
Mexico hosted its maiden ROC at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, featuring a couple of Mexican drivers in the entry list as well. Vettel shares his feelings on racing and competing against fellow racers from different categories and backgrounds during the winter break, as the Race Of Champions stands for the perfect opportunity to gather drivers and fans in the off-season. "It's fun to be here in Mexico, we're all from the same motorsport family and we don't get to spend much time together so this is a nice way to do it. As for tomorrow, anything can happen. With the format we have at the Race Of Champions, it's so competitive you have to get everything right."