Coulthard, Button will represent UK at 2017 Race of Champions in Miami
British Formula 1 greats David Coulthard and Jenson Button have joined the line-up of driving stars who will compete at the 2017 Race Of Champions at Miami’s Marlins Park stadium on January 21-22. Both drivers have a strong record of previous appearances at ROC event, with Coulthard being the overall winner in 2014 at Barbados.
Button and Coulthard join a field of motorsport stars and legends from all around the world. Confirmed racers include four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel, fellow F1 star Felipe Massa, ‘Mister Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen, Indianapolis 500 winners Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan and Alexander Rossi, action sports legend Travis Pastrana, rallycross greats Petter Solberg and Scott Speed plus NASCAR champion Kurt Busch.
12th Race of Champions participation for Coulthard
David Coulthard collected eleven Race of Champions appearances since 2004. The highlight in his ROC career is the victory at 2014 ROC at Barbados, after beating Pascal Wehrlein in the final. A year later, at 2015 ROC event in London, Coulthard reached semifinal, losing to Sebastian Vettel. In the previous appearances, he reached final round in 2008, losing by the narrowest margin to rally legend Sebastien Loeb at London’s Wembley Stadium.
“I’m delighted to be coming back to the Race Of Champions. I was proud to win it a couple of years ago, beating off drivers who I’ll admit are younger and more talented than me! But that’s the nature of the knockout system. You also get a chance to compare your driving with a wide range of different drivers from all over the world in a lot of different vehicles, while having fun out of the car. The Race Of Champions is even better for race fans. The stadium environment is what makes it special: you look down on the cars from the grandstands so it gives you a view you wouldn’t get in many venues. If anyone wants to remember why they enjoy motor sport, they should come along. Look forward to seeing you in Miami,” Coulthard said.
Sixth ROC appearance for Button
Jenson Button has made five previous Race of Champions appearances. He reached best ROC result in 2009, the year when he also became the Formula One world champion. At 2009 Race of Champions, which took place in Beijing, Button reached the individual semi-finals and reached the ROC Nations Cup final alongside Andy Priaulx, only to lose to Team Germany’s Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.
“I’m delighted to be coming back to the Race Of Champions once again. It is always a great event with a special atmosphere. You get to race against the best drivers from all over the world and we enjoy our time both on and off the track as we meet old friends from all the different motor sport series. The main thing is that everyone wants to put on a good show for the fans – and we only pretend to play it cool before giving it everything when we’re revving up the cars on the line. I urge race fans to get themselves to Miami in January to enjoy the action up close and personal and to give us a cheer,” Button said.