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Grosjean wins individual event at Race of Champions

ESPN Staff
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Romain Grosjean beat Tom Kristensen in the final © Getty Images
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Romain Grosjean won the individual event at the Race of Champions after beating Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher in head-to-head races at Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium.

Grosjean beat Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen in the final over the best of three races of the knock-out competition to take the overall title. Vettel and Schumacher took the Nations Cup team competition on Saturday but both were beaten by Grosjean (Vettel in the quarter finals after a brush with the wall and Schumacher in the semis) as the Frenchman showed impressive pace on the tight stadium circuit.

Ex-F1 driver David Coulthard also featured in the semi-finals but was beaten by Kristensen, who had beaten last-year's champion Sebastien Ogier in the semi-finals.

"That's what I'd call a crazy day," Grosjean said. "It got a bit tough in the group stages but I managed to make it through. Then I had to face Sebastian Vettel in the quarter-final before Michael Schumacher in the semi-final - the two Germans who beat us in yesterday's ROC Nations Cup final.

"Then I had the final with Tom. We've had a good history at this event and I've raced him before so it was good to face him in the final. I got a bit of extra luck to be in the right car at the right time but it felt good.

Grosjean has yet to have his future confirmed at Lotus for next season, but said the Race of Champions victory had been a positive going in to the holiday period.

"It's been a tough end to the F1 season but I finally got back on the podium yesterday, and now this! It's great to get this win before I head off for a holiday. Thanks to everyone in Thailand because the welcome has been fantastic."