Germany retains RoC Nations Cup title
3 December 2011 – Germany claimed the Race of Champions Nations Cup title for the fifth consecutive year in Düsseldorf this evening, with home drivers Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher comfortably fending off their Nordic rivals in the overall final. In front of a packed crowd at the Esprit Arena, the pairing delivered a stylish joint effort.
With Button beating Schumacher in the first of those semi-final clashes, Vettel had to outrace Priaulx to keep the nation in the running. The 2011 F1 Champion confidently managed to do so, therefore setting up a shootout with Button in the KTM X-Bows. When the decisive race got underway, the pressure appeared to get the better of Button who slid out of contention, paving the way for a Nordic/Germany finale.
"It’s fantastic teamwork," Schumacher commented. "I failed a little bit in the semi-final and he (Vettel) sorted it out, but now we did it again for number five! Tomorrow it’s another story. The first competition is done obviously for our country, and we’re very proud to have done this and put our name on the trophy. But we’ll be even more proud to represent Germany again tomorrow and have a great result for one of us at least."
Sunday's individual Race of Champions gets underway at 2pm local time (GMT +1)