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Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher at Race of Champions

Vettel and Schumacher aiming for sixth German success at Race of Champions

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UPDATED:

14:36 GMT, 15 December 2012

Sebastian Vettel hopes to add the Race of Champions title to his Formula One drivers' championship trophy when he partners Michael Schumacher in Bangkok.

The German duo are chasing a sixth consecutive victory in the race but face tough competition from around the world.

David Coulthard teams up with touring car driver Andy Priaulx for Great Britain.

Flying the flat: Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel at the Race of Champions opening ceremony

Flying the flat: Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel at the Race of Champions opening ceremony

'We are always excited to come to the Race Of Champions as it’s always a highlight for us at the end of the year,' Schumacher said.

'We’re happy to be over here in Bangkok this time and we’re very much looking forward to showing what we can do down on the track later on.

'Clearly what Sebastian and I are here to do is to take our sixth ROC Nations Cup win. There is tough competition around us tonight so it will be a big challenge.'

Eyes on the prize: Schumacher and Vettel are going for a sixth successive win

Eyes on the prize: Schumacher and Vettel are going for a sixth successive win

Eyes on the prize: Schumacher and Vettel are going for a sixth successive win

Vettel, who won the Formula One title in the final race in Brazil said: 'What’s
special about the Race Of Champions is that it’s a good challenge with
the different cars and it’s a great opportunity to meet drivers from
different categories.

'I’ve been coming back with Michael
for a few years now and all the drivers enjoy this event. It’s very
relaxed – you can compete against each other and then grab a drink after
the race and have some fun.

'There are a tough set of competitors
around and it’s always hard to predict what will happen. We will work as
a team to try and win the ROC Nations Cup for Team Germany again.'

Bit steep that one: Schumacher retired from Formula One for a second time recently

Bit steep that one: Schumacher retired from Formula One for a second time recently

Brit special: David Coulthard (left) and Andy Priaulx have teamed up

Brit special: David Coulthard (left) and Andy Priaulx have teamed up

Rio Ferdinand in Bangkok as England prepare for Euro 2012

Wish you were here Rio in Bangkok as ex-England team-mates prepare for Euros

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UPDATED:

08:47 GMT, 24 May 2012

With Poland and Ukraine set to host Euro 2012, the last place Rio Ferdinand would have expected to be ahead of this summer's tournament was Bangkok.

But following his controversial omission from Roy Hodgson's England squad, that's exactly where the Manchester United defender was on Wednesday.

Centre of attention: Ferdinand starred in Wednesday night's charity match

Centre of attention: Ferdinand starred in Wednesday night's charity match

While his former England team-mates joined up for the first time in Manchester ahead of this summer's championships, Ferdinand was some 8,000 miles away taking part in a charity match.

'Landed safely in Bangkok!' tweeted Ferdinand as the ex-England captain jetted into Thailand.

Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand

Omission: Ferdinand was sensationally left out of Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad

'What a good looking + clean airport! The Humidity just got me in a headlock though! #damp,' he added.

The 33-year-old was on the losing side however, as a team consisting of Park Ji-sung's 'friends' were beaten by a Thailand All-Star XI at the SCG Stadium.

Parklife: The former England captain lined up alongside his Manchester United team-mate for the charity match

Parklife: The former England captain lined up alongside his Manchester United team-mate for the charity match

England boss Hodgson claimed Ferdinand was left out of his squad for 'footballing reasons'.

But Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo believes Hodgson has made a mistake in not selecting his former United team-mate.

'Rio is the best centre-back in England and still one of the best in the world,' Ronaldo said. 'I don't understand why he is not in the national team,'

'Maybe the coach has justifications and we have to respect those. But I have to be honest, I love Rio.'

Speaking to The Sun, Ronaldo added: 'He's a great player, great man and he should be in the national team because he would help England do well… maybe to win the tournament.'