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Sebastian Vettel first F1 driver to commit to 2012 Race of Champions

Sebastian Vettel, Race of Champions, 2008World champion Sebastian Vettel has become the first Formula 1 driver to confirm his presence in this year's Race of Champions.

The event, which this year moves to Thailand, will take place on December 15-16 in Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium.

Red Bull driver Vettel will be back in the end-of-year event. The two-time champion won the individual Race of Champions in 2010 and has also been victorious in the Nations Cup alongside Michael Schumacher.

"I've never been to Thailand before so I'm very much looking forward to having the Race Of Champions in Bangkok," said Vettel. "I think it's a great venue and hopefully there will be plenty of people supporting us and cheering for us when we are racing.

"I've been part of the Race of Champions for quite a few years now and I really like it. Every year the atmosphere between the drivers is different to when we meet each other at the racetrack. It's more relaxed, we enjoy ourselves in the evenings and we usually we have a very good time there.

"Together with Michael, we've been very successful for Team Germany in the ROC Nations Cup. So that's still the most important event for us. But it would be great to get through to the final of the main Race of Champions at last and win that too..."

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