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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Germany and Loeb take ROC glory

2008 Race of Champions - Previews

Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel retained the crown for Germany in the nations cup, while Sebastien Loeb won a thriller over David Coulthard in the driver’s category in this year’s Race of Champions at Wembley.

2008 Race of Champions - Previews

In the nations category, it was Scandinavia's Mattias Ekstrom and Tom Kristensen facing the Germans, and it required all three heats to determine the winner, when Schumacher edged Ekstrom.

For Loeb, it was his third driver’s title (he won in 2003 and 2005), but the retiring Coulthard gave him a run for the money, forcing a third race to decide it.

The much heralded battle between man and machine, olympic track cyclist Chris Hoy and Lewis Hamilton, was canceled due to track conditions. Hamilton still put on a show for the fans, however, with demonstration runs.

Force India confirms lineup (again?)

Force India once again confirmed its 2009 driver lineup, with Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil pairing up for another season.

“I firmly believe that next year will be a huge opportunity for this team,” team boss Vijay Mallya said in a statement on the team’s Web site. “We have a new technical partnership with McLaren and Mercedes, a dynamic new management structure and now one of the most solid driver line-ups on the grid.”

The team had confirmed its lineup in earlier this year, but the recent deal with McLaren opened the door to speculation one or both could be replaced by McLaren drivers.

“We certainly welcomed the insight and advice of our new partners in this matter, however the choice was entirely ours based on the current talent available in the market today,” he explained.

Vitantonio Liuzzi has also been retained as third driver.

“In Giancarlo, Adrian and Tonio we have a wonderful balance between experience and ambition, and now complete consistency,” Mallya said.
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