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Saturday, November 27, 2010

ROC: Vettel, Schumacher take nations title

Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel won the fourth straight Nations Cup for Germany Saturday at the Race of Champions in Dusseldorf.

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 27: Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher of Germany celebrate winning the race of champions event at the Esprit Arena on November 27, 2010 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The pair sneaked through the group stage after Vettel fell to Americans Tanner Foust and Travis Pastrana and Schumacher was edged by Bertrand Baguette. But wins in their remaining heats gave them enough of an advantage on a tie-break with Team USA's Pastrana and Carl Edwards to advance.

Formula One driver Michael Schumacher (R) drives during the Race of Champions (ROC) at the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Alex Domanski (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)

A loss by Vettel in the three-race final against Jason Plato and Andy Priaulx meant the world champion had to rely on Schumacher to take the win.

Alain Prost's French team was eliminated by Britain in the semi-finals, while Heikki Kovalainen's Team Nordic was eliminated in the group stage.

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