Sebastian Vettel announces return to racing after F1 retirement

Sebastian Vettel will make a return to racing following his retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the 2022 season.

It has been announced that Team Germany at the 2023 Race of Champions (ROC) will be represented once again by Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher, who’ll be hoping to claim the ROC Nations Cup for their nation.

Given that Vettel is now retired from Formula 1, and that Schumacher hasn’t got a full-time seat, the event being held in Sweden will potentially be the only time in 2023 where fans will be able to see both of the drivers’ race, making it a must-watch.

Schumacher is, of course, going to be Mercedes’ reserve driver next season, a role which will see him work alongside Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

For Vettel, the ROC will be his first appearance competing since retiring from F1, following a glittering 15-year career at the pinnacle of motorsport.

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It will be the third time that the duo have teamed up at ROC, with their first time as team-mates having been in 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico.

They partnered up once again at the 2022 ROC, which was held in Sweden at the same venue which will host the event in January.

Vettel is “delighted” that the son of Michael Schumacher will be alongside him at the ROC in January, with the 35-year-old hopeful that himself and the Mercedes reserve driver can go “all the way” for Team Germany.

“I’m delighted that Mick will be joining me at the Race Of Champions again – for my first race since my retirement from Formula 1,” Vettel said.

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“Neither of us has much experience on snow and ice so it was a steep learning curve in Sweden earlier this year.

“I ended up surprising myself by getting to the individual final against Sébastien Loeb and now I can’t wait to come back and team up with Mick to see if we can take Team Germany all the way to another ROC Nations Cup title.”

Schumacher, too, is very pleased to be back and competing in the fantastic event, one which puts the best drivers in the world against each other.

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The 23-year-old is “looking forward” to competing on the ice once again next month, where he too is hoping to win the ROC Nations Cup.

“It‘s great to be back at the Race Of Champions and to see all the drivers again,” Schumacher said.

“Even better that Sebastian will be competing too, so that Team Germany can hopefully live up to the tradition of fighting for the title in the ROC Nations Cup. I’m really looking forward to driving on ice again, and to spending time and fighting battles with this impressive roster of drivers attending.”