Vettel on top at Race of Champions event

By on Sunday, November 22, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was crowned 'Champion of Champions' at the Race of Champions event at London's former Olympic Stadium.

Vettel took on Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen during the final and edged him out in Radicals, before the pair were set to battle in the RoC cars.

However, one of the cars suffered a problem and the pair switched to the KTM X-Bows, in which Kristensen made an early mistake to hand Vettel an insurmountable advantage in the best-of-three finale.

It was Vettel's first triumph in the individual competition, having claimed six straight Nations Cup victories while racing alongside Michael Schumacher between 2007 and 2012.

Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg had made it to the final of the Nations Cup but were defeating in the final by the English team of Jason Plato and Andy Priaulx.

Vettel made it to the final of the individual competition at the expense of reigning champion David Coulthard and emerged on top in a quarter-final against erstwhile team-mate Hulkenberg.

Coulthard knocked out Williams driver Felipe Massa in the quarter-final stage, with the Brazilian having beaten Jenson Button in the round-of-16.

Likewise, Hulkenberg gave Daniel Ricciardo an early exit after the pair were drawn against each other in the round-of-16 stage, while Lotus' Romain Grosjean was beaten by Plato.

Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein and 2016 Lotus driver Jolyon Palmer were both knocked out in the preliminary qualifying round.

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