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Ogier wins Race of Champions

ESPNF1 Staff
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Michael Schumacher got the better of his Nations Cup team-mate Sebastian Vettel in Germany © Getty Images

Sebastien Ogier won the Race of Champions in Dusseldorf as Michael Schumacher beat Sebastian Vettel in the quarter-finals.

Ogier won the final against Tom Kristensen, who suffered his second final defeat of the weekend having lost out to Team Germany for Team Nordic in the Nations Cup. Kristensen had earlier beaten the last remaining Formula One driver when he edged past Schumacher in the semi-final by less than 0.020s, while Ogier beat DTM champion Martin Tomczyk in the other semi.

The biggest race of the night, however, came when Vettel and Schumacher faced off having won the Nations Cup the day before. It was Schumacher who came out on top, having lost to Vettel at the same stage last year. In the other quarter-finals, Ogier beat Andy Priaulx, Kristensen beat Jenson Button and David Coulthard was beaten by Tomczyk.

Ogier was predictably pleased to come out on top against such a strong field.

"I'm so happy," Ogier said. "It was a very nice weekend and it was already great to be in the final at my first time. There are a lot of cars to learn here and the track as well. But I didn't do too badly and I pushed hard all the way. Tom is a really good driver but to win this race is amazing."

Runner-up Kristensen said Ogier was a worthy champion, but admitted he was happy to have beaten both Vettel and Schumacher, having got the better of the former in the group stages.

"S├ębastien is a very deserved winner," Kristensen said. "He had the edge on cold tyres, especially in the ROC car. But beating both Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher was a really big achievement for me today, particularly in Germany. It's almost better than Christmas!"