Mick Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel made an actual assertion on the 2023 Race of Champions in Pite Havsbad, Sweden: The German duo created a sensation and met head-to-head within the particular person race semi-finals.
There, Schumacher was capable of defeat his buddy Vettel and hope to avenge his father! Because within the remaining two-time DTM champion, Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher was ready for Matthias Ekström, who received twice within the remaining of the Race of Champions: in 2007 in London and in 2009 in Beijing.
But the Swede was too huge for the Schumacher household in 2023: the 44-year-old beat Mick Schumacher 2-0 and celebrated his fourth win in Russia. This makes him the joint document winner of the occasion with two French rally legends, Didier Auriol and Sébastien Loeb.
As in 2007 and 2009, Schumacher vs. Ekström
“I’ve to congratulate Matthias. He is an distinctive driver and he proved it once more. I gave every thing, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient. He did a terrific job all weekend,” Schumacher mentioned.
On the best way to the ultimate, Mercedes’ new check driver needed to beat Felix Rosenqvist, a newcomer to the Race of Champions, within the preliminary spherical. Schumacher dealt with it simply. After that, Adrien Tambay and Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovic additionally had no likelihood towards the German. Then there was a combat with Vettel.
In flip, he needed to play within the spherical of 16 for the primary time and received towards three-time W sequence champion Jamie Chadwick. It was revenge for the defeat within the Cup of Nations. In the quarter-finals, Vettel knocked out Le Mans document holder Tom Christensen earlier than dropping to Mick Schumacher.
Mick RC within the remaining: 5 German predecessors
The Race of Champions, which takes place virtually yearly, brings collectively the celebrities of assorted motorsports to find out the very best of their area. Current and former Formula 1 stars – this 12 months Mika Hekkinen and David Coulthard took half alongside Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher – then met the highest drivers from the IndyCar, rally and long-distance sectors.
The competitors of champions was held for the thirty second time in 2023. We walked on snow and ice for the second time in Sweden. Germany is a document winner of the Cup of Nations. Vettel shared six consecutive victories with Michael Schumacher from 2007-2012. In 2017, the four-time Formula 1 world champion received alone, and in 2018, René Rast and Timo Bernhard received for the German group.
Only as soon as within the historical past of the singles race has the German entered the record of winners: Sebastian Vettel defeated Tom Christensen within the remaining in London in 2015. Apart from Vettel and Mick Schumacher, 4 Germans have reached the ultimate: Pascal Wehrlein (2014), Michael Schumacher (2007, 2009), Armin Schwarz (2001) and Walter Rohrl (1989).