They will join forces as Brazilian squad on Saturday. On Sunday, it’s every man for himself
Lucas Di Grassi and Helio Castroneves will form the strong Brazilian duo in the famous Race of Champions which annually brings together the best drivers from around the world for a race on equal terms. The event will have two titles at stake: the Race of Nations will be held on Saturday (19/01) with pairs of drivers of the same nationality trying to take the title to their respective countries. On Sunday, the Race of Champions closes the schedule to set the individual winner of this prestigious event, which every season attracts several of the best talents worldwide.
The 2019 Champions Race will be held at Foro Sol, a sports complex built next to the famous Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. The event will feature racers from a variety of backgrounds and categories including Sebastian Vettel, Tom Kristensen, David Coulthard, Johan Kristoffersson and Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time F-1 champion Michael Schumacher. Most of the grid comes from elite world competitions, such as the F-1, F-E, NASCAR, IndyCar and Le Mans.
“I have been following the Race of Champion disputes for several years. But this will be my first participation. Everyone who knows me knows I like this racing format, with equal conditions for everyone and a touch of unpredictability. It will be very cool to make this partnership with Helinho, who already has experience in this event. So I think we’re a good team, “said Lucas Di Grassi.
With more than 30 years of history and held in iconic places such as Bird’s Nest Stadium, Wembley Stadium (London) and State de France (Paris), the Race of Champions places the world’s main drivers in a competition in which everyone has similar cars. Already tried to win several times names like F-1 champions Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, NASCAR stars Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, F-Indy champions Juan Pablo Montoya and Ryan Hunter-Reay , world Rally champions Sébastien Loeb, Sébastien Ogier and Colin McRae, as well as outstanding drivers in special competitions such as Tom Kristensen (Le Mans multi-champion), Travis Pastrana (XGames) and motorcycle icons Mick Doohan, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.
“Although the Race of Champions is a competition with an environment of worldwide sporting fraternity, everyone knows that, once given the start, everyone will fight fiercely for first place. Racing drivers always want to win, it’s in the DNA “, says Di Grassi. “But considering the level of the contenders, it will not be easy. Quite the contrary, I think it will be a very complicated competition – which is fine, let it be said. I won the e-Prix of Mexico at Foro Sol when I was Formula E champion in 2017. So the place brings me good memories. And I’ll try to keep it just like that, “says Di Grassi.