Schumacher: I'm not retiring from ROC
12 November 2012 – Michael Schumacher has vowed carry on contesting the annual Race of Champions, despite his impending retirement from Formula 1. The seven-time World Champion says the event is 'too much fun' for him to ignore and is looking forward to racing alongside Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel once again this year.
"The Race Of Champions is always a very special event," Schumacher said on 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?"
Schumacher and Vettel will be aiming to secure a sixth ROC Nations Cup title at this year's event, taking place at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium from 14-16 December.