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Sebastian Vettel

Vettel and Schumacher excited to become teammates

Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher will team up away from F1 to compete in next year's Race of Champions, an event they are both looking forward to.

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Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher are looking forward to becoming teammates at the 2022 Race of Champions.

The F1 drivers and friends will team up to represent Germany at the event in February, which for the first time will be held in Sweden on the frozen Baltic Sea at Pite Havsbad.

Vettel previously competed at ROC with Mick's father Michael Schumacher, with the duo having won the ROC Nations Cup together on six occasions.

The Aston Martin driver then teamed up with the younger Schumacher at the 2019 competition in Mexico, where they finished as runners-up in the Nations Cup to the Nordic team of Johan Kristoffersson and Tom Kristensen.

A "huge challenge"

The 2022 Race of Champions marks a move away from the traditional stadium format of ROC, and will require competitors to test their skills in the snow and ice.

Vettel admits that this will be a new challenge, but it is one that he is looking forward to taking on with Schumacher.

"I think it will be a huge challenge, heading into Scandinavia, in the winter," Vettel told media including RacingNews365.com.

"But I think it's also going to be great fun, and that's the the reason [for taking part]. That's what most of my memories are about, it's about fun on track and also off track that I shared with Michael.

"And obviously it's great to share now the track and the car [and] the team with Mick, so [it's] special, very special to me.

"[It's] very sad and a shame that Michael isn't there to watch us. I would have been happy to tell him that it's time to step back and let Mick take over!

"But yeah, [I'm] very much looking forward to spend the time together as 'Team Germany', and hoping to not finish [as] runner-up but to win the big one this time."

Hopes of victory

Schumacher agrees that the main objective will be to have a good time, but remains hopeful that he and Vettel can claim victory in the ROC Nations Cup.

"I think that we got quite close [to winning] in Mexico two years ago, so it will be time to try and win it," Schumacher explained.

"And obviously, as Seb said, I think it's just about having fun, driving some nice cars, and also enjoying the off time and off-season in a way, but still do it with what we love, and that's racing."

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