Grosjean wins 2012 Race of Champions
16 December 2012 – Romain Grosjean beat Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen to claim the 25th Race of Champions title in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday. The Lotus F1 driver won the final with a score of two to nil, adding his name to the list of winners and making it France’s second victory in a row after Sébastien Ogier's 2011 triumph.
Tom Kristensen, who lost the 2011 final to Ogier, eliminated the reigning champion in the quarter final before dispatching David Coulthard in the semi-final to set up the final with Grosjean – but, as with last year, the Frenchman was one opponent too many for the eight-times Le Mans winner.
The result is a vindication for the beleaguered Grosjean, who showed great skill in his first complete Formula One season, but also incurred in the wrath of stewards and fellow drivers alike for a string of first-lap crashes.