It has been confirmed this morning that Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo will make his Race of Champions debut at this year’s event, which takes place at London’s former Olympic Stadium from November 20-21.
Ricciardo who is a three-time Grand Prix winner, will partner motorcycle legend Mick Doohan, who claimed five consecutive 500cc world titles from 1994 to 1998, for Team Australia.
In an interview with the media today, Ricciardo is looking forward to racing in London and is delighted to have been chosen for the event. He is also happy to be partnering Doohan who is in his words a “legend” in his own right and wants to bring success to his country as well. Ricciardo stated the following:-
‘It’s an honour to be invited to the Race of Champions and I’m really looking forward to racing inside the tight confines of London’s former Olympic Stadium. It will be very different to what I’m used to in Formula 1 but I can’t wait to try out ROC’s wide range of cars in quick succession. It looks like a serious challenge but I’m ready for anything.
‘It’s also very special to be able to represent my country, especially as team-mate to someone like Mick Doohan. The word ‘legend’ is overused in sport but Mick is one of the few who genuinely deserve it. What he’s achieved is incredible and I’ve seen he’s a mean competitor on four wheels too.
‘Now we need as many Europe-based Aussies as possible to come to London to cheer us on, then let’s see what we can do.’
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard and nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen are other names confirmed for the event. But with Ricciardo also selected for the event, he joins a prestigious group of talented drivers who will also be pushing on the track to achieve success at the event.
But it is clear that Ricciardo is looking forward to the challenge of racing at the event and is looking forward to bringing success to his country with Doohan by his side. And if anyone can deliver on the track, it is that partnership who have been successful in their own rights and I wish them the best of luck for the event later this year.