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Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button drawn in same group for Race of Champions

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Michael Schumacher will face Jenson Button during the group stages of this weekend's Race of Champions in Dusseldorf.

The draw for the initial stages of both the Race of Champions and the Nations' Cup were made on Thursday, with the two former Formula 1 world champions being drawn in Group C along with S-WRC champion Juho Hanninen and X-games legend Brian Deegan.

Double world champion Sebastian Vettel has been drawn in Group D alongside Renault F1 driver Vitaly Petrov, GP2 champion Romain Grosjean and the Le Mans 24 Hours' most successful driver Tom Kristensen.

Each driver will take part in a two-lap race against each of his group rivals, with points awarded for victories and the top two scorers progressing to the knock-out stages.

The Nations' Cup, which has been won by the German line-up of Schumacher and Vettel for the past four years, which will feature the same format.

The home country has been drawn in Group B against Team Slavic (Petrov/Jan Kopecky), Team Great Britain (Button/Andy Priaulx) and Team All-Stars (David Coultrhard/Filipe Albuquerque).

Race of Champions draw
Group A
Filipe Albuquerque
Andy Priaulx
David Coulthard
Travis Pastrana

Group B
Mattias Ekstrom
Martin Tomczyk
Jan Kopecky
Sebastien Ogier

Group C
Michael Schumacher
Jenson Button
Brian Deegan
Juho Hanninen

Group D
Sebastian Vettel
Tom Kristensen
Vitaly Petrov
Romain Grosjean

Nations' Cup draw

Group A
Team France (Sebastien Ogier/Romain Grosjean)
Team Nordic (Tom Kristensen/Juho Hanninen)
Team USA (Travis Pastrana/Brian Deegan)
SAT1 Team Germany 2 (Timo Glock/Timo Scheider)

Group B
Team Germany (Michael Schumacher/Sebastian Vettel)
Team Slavic (Vitaly Petrov/Jan Kopecky)
Team Great Britain (Jenson Button/Andy Priaulx)
Team All-Stars (David Coulthard/Filipe Albuquerque)

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