Massa and Piquet Jr together in Team Brazil at 2015 Race of Champions
F1 veteran and 11-time Grand Prix winner Massa will join former F1 driver and reigning Formula E champion Piquet Jr. at the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park during Nations Cup, which is a traditional part of Race of Champions. Both will also compete in individual races for the Champion of Champions title.
Massa’s F1 career spans over 13 seasons and over 200 races, in which he achieved 11 wins and 41 podiums. Event in London will be his third visit to the Race Of Champions, previous being in 2004 and 2005 in Paris.
Massa said: “I’m delighted to be coming back to the Race Of Champions for the first time in ten years. I really enjoyed my appearances in Paris and I’m overdue a return to meet up with many of the world’s best racers from all the different championships. Since then the Race Of Champions has often clashed with my own karting event in Brazil but this year is the perfect opportunity to have another go. In our sport it’s not often that you get a chance to race for your country and I look forward to teaming up with Nelson as well. We’ll do our best to bring the ROC Nations Cup back to Brazil and we’ll put on a good show for the fans in London.”
Although Nelson Piquet Jr didn’t score a single victory in Formula One (best results 2nd at 2008 German GP), he has many wins in various disciplines of motorsport, which can be useful for different machinery at the Race of Champions. Piquet is freshly crowned Formula E champion and before that, in 2012, he was the first Brazilian to win in NASCAR. He is also a regular competitor in Global Rallycross Championship. Piquet Jr was Massa’s partner at 2005 ROC in Paris.
Piquet added: “It’s been a brilliant year for me and there is no better way of rounding it off than an appearance at the Race Of Champions. I already have plenty of happy memories of London from this year as it was the scene for the FIA Formula E finale in June. That day I had to battle my way through the field and ended up winning the title by a single point so I hope that will be a good omen for the Race Of Champions as well. I also look forward to teaming up with Felipe again and we’ll try to bring a bit of Brazilian flair to London’s former Olympic Stadium in November.”
A list of confirmed drivers for ROC 2015 includes Massa’s fellow F1 stars Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hülkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen, reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg, current ROC Champion of Champions David Coulthard plus MotoGP greats Mick Doohan and Jorge Lorenzo.
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