Mon 14 September 2009
- F1 World Championship leader Jenson Button confirmed for end-of-season showdown
- Brit to compete at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium just two days after final grand prix of the year in Abu Dhabi
Jenson Button will head straight from Abu Dhabi to the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing after the final round of this year’s Formula 1 World Championship, with the Briton confirming he will take part in this year’s Race Of Champions on November 3-4, along with F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel.
With the 2009 Formula One World Championship delicately poised, and potentially set once more to be decided at the final round, the Beijing fixture could offer an enticing ‘extra time’ duel between Button and Vettel, should the destiny of this year’s championship be decided by a showdown between the pair in Abu Dhabi.
Vettel will be paired with seven-times F1 World Champion, Michael Schumacher in an attempt to secure an unprecedented ROC Nations Cup hat-trick for Germany.
The Race of Champions, which Button competed in at Wembley Stadium in 2007 and 2008, brings together the greatest drivers from the world of motorsport with stars of Formula 1, rallying, sports cars, touring cars and even NASCAR fighting against each other in identical machinery. This year the event will take place at the Beijing National Stadium, which famously hosted the Olympic Games in 2008.
"It’s always a great event, it’s great for the fans but it’s especially good for all of us competitors," said Button, who won six of this year’s opening seven F1 races for Brawn GP.
“It’s pretty intense; it’s great to have so many different competitors from around the world. Really it’s a great end-of-season event to just chill out and enjoy yourself and I’m looking forward to this year because the Bird’s Nest is a pretty amazing stadium, it’s going to be a lot bigger than before, so it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Fredrik Johnsson, President of Event Organisers IMP, was delighted to confirm that the two drivers currently leading the F1 World Championship will both be racing in Beijing:
“Jenson has been a great competitor in The Race of Champions over the past two years, and it’s been fantastic to see him leading the way in Formula 1 this year. With him and Sebastian Vettel already confirmed we have two of the leading drivers in this year’s championship, and whoever wins the title, they’ll be able to have one last battle at the end of the season.”