Sebastian Vettel will take part in the 2023 edition of the Race of Champions when he officially retires from Formula One, this will be his first official 2023 comeback drive since quitting Formula 1.
At the end of July, the German driver announced that he would end his F1 career at the end of the 2022 season. He did not give any information on what he would do after his retirement, but explained that he was open to the possibility of racing in other categories, so one of his first activities as a ‘retiree’ will be to take part in the Race of Champions, which will take place on 28-29 January 2023 in Sweden, as he did last year.
Other names confirmed for next year’s RoC are Mika Hakkinen, father/son duo Petter and Oliver Solberg, Johan Kristoffersson and Jamie Chadwick.
Sebastian Vettel has competed in the RoC several times and won the Champion of Champions event in 2015, beating Tom Kristensen in the final. Last year he also qualified for the final event but this time was beaten by WRC legend Sebastien Loeb.
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“I can’t think of a better place for my first race after retiring from Formula 1 than the Race Of Champions,” said Sebastian Vettel.
“This will be my 11th participation and I always come back because it’s a special event and so much fun. I don’t have much experience of racing on snow and ice, so it was a steep learning curve in Sweden earlier this year – and a very pleasant surprise to reach the individual final against Sebastien Loeb.”
“Now I’m looking forward to coming back and trying ice racing again and hopefully helping the German team win another Nations Cup title at this RoC.”
The “Race of Champions” has been held annually since 1988 and brings together champions from different motorsport disciplines such as rallying, motorcycling, endurance, F1.