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click above image to watch video of both finales

The Race of Champions only comes around once a year, and somehow Michael Schumacher always seems to be in the thick of things when the final rounds arrive. This year's Race of Champions was no different, as Schumacher and fellow Germanian Sebastian Vettel served up a steaming bowl of whoop ass to the English team of Jenson Button and Andy Priaulx in the Nations Cup final. We're sure the fact that that Button and Priaulx were beaten on their own home turf in Wembley Stadium was just more salt in the wound.

The finale of the Race of Champions, however, pits the two best individual racers against each other, and as we reported yesterday, it came down to last year's winner Mattias Ekström versus Michael Schumacher in three rounds of no-holds-barred closed circuit racing. Ekström won, but as you'll see after the jump, Schumacher was a gracious loser and seems genuinely pleased just to be doing something competitive again.

Check out video of both races after the jump.

[Source: Race of Champions]

  • A driver burns the rubber as he does an exhibition lap of the track in a break during the Race of Champions Nations Cup at Wembley Stadium, London, 16 December 2007 . The ROC Nations Cup aims to determine the fastest country in the world, with two drivers from each pitted against each other in identical cars. This year The Race of Champions is being held at Wembley Stadium, and the famous landmark has been transformed into a parallel track, using 1,800 tons of tarmac, for the unique event. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Scuderia Toro Rosso is congratulated by his team mate Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher after their victory in The Race of Champions Nations Cup at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher (L) of Germany competes against new Mclaren Mercedes driver Heikki Kovalainen (R) of Finland during The Race of Champions Nations Cup at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: A general view of cars in action during the Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany competes during The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: New Mclaren Mercedes driver Heikki Kovalainen of Finland competes during The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Mattias Ekstrom of Sweden in action during the Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Andy Priaulx of England wins his heat as Heikki Kovalainen of Finland spins during the Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany competes during The Race of Champions final at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany competes on his way to finishing second during The Race of Champions finals at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany competes on his way to finishing second during The Race of Champions finals at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Mattias Ekstrom of Sweden celebrates by doing wheelspins following his victory for the second year running in the finals of The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Mattias Ekstrom of Sweden competes on his way to victory in the finals of The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: First placed Mattias Ekstrom (right) of Sweden races alongside second placed former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher (left) of Germany in the finals of The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • Swedish driver Mattias Ekstrom heads towards gold position in the Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium, 16 December 2007 . Created in 1988 by Fredrik Johnsson, President of IMP, and the world?s greatest lady rally driver Mich?le Mouton, The Race of Champions was originally conceived as the ultimate shoot-out between the top international rally stars. Over the years it has also proved popular with the biggest stars from all the major motor sport disciplines, including F1, World Rally, NASCAR, Le Mans, Indy500, Champ Car, DTM and WTCC. This year, The Race of Champions is being held at Wembley Stadium, London, and the famous landmark has been transformed into a parallel track, using 1,800 tons of tarmac, for the unique event. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: First placed Mattias Ekstrom (right) of Sweden and second placed former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher (left) of Germany celebrate following the finals of The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher (L) of Germany congratulates Mattias Ekstrom (R) of Sweden on his victory in the final of The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • Swedish driver Mattias Ekstrom (R) celebrates winning the Race of Champions with runner-up Michael Schumacher (L) at Wembley Stadium, 16 December 2007 . Created in 1988 by Fredrik Johnsson, President of IMP, and the world?s greatest lady rally driver Mich?le Mouton, The Race of Champions was originally conceived as the ultimate shoot-out between the top international rally stars. Over the years it has also proved popular with the biggest stars from all the major motor sport disciplines, including F1, World Rally, NASCAR, Le Mans, Indy500, Champ Car, DTM and WTCC. This year, The Race of Champions is being held at Wembley Stadium, London, and the famous landmark has been transformed into a parallel track, using 1,800 tons of tarmac, for the unique event. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Swedish driver Mattias Ekstrom (L) celebrates winning the Race of Champions with runner-up Michael Schumacher (R) at Wembley Stadium, 16 December 2007 . Created in 1988 by Fredrik Johnsson, President of IMP, and the world?s greatest lady rally driver Mich?le Mouton, The Race of Champions was originally conceived as the ultimate shoot-out between the top international rally stars. Over the years it has also proved popular with the biggest stars from all the major motor sport disciplines, including F1, World Rally, NASCAR, Le Mans, Indy500, Champ Car, DTM and WTCC. This year, The Race of Champions is being held at Wembley Stadium, London, and the famous landmark has been transformed into a parallel track, using 1,800 tons of tarmac, for the unique event. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Swedish driver Mattias Ekstrom (L) celebrates winning the Race of Champions with runner-up Michael Schumacher (R) at Wembley Stadium, 16 December 2007 . Created in 1988 by Fredrik Johnsson, President of IMP, and the world?s greatest lady rally driver Mich?le Mouton, The Race of Champions was originally conceived as the ultimate shoot-out between the top international rally stars. Over the years it has also proved popular with the biggest stars from all the major motor sport disciplines, including F1, World Rally, NASCAR, Le Mans, Indy500, Champ Car, DTM and WTCC. This year, The Race of Champions is being held at Wembley Stadium, London, and the famous landmark has been transformed into a parallel track, using 1,800 tons of tarmac, for the unique event. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)


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      • 7 Years Ago
      How is the Hyundai related?



      First Schumacher drives a taxi at ungodly speeds (for a van) and then he competes in the RoC! Must be fun being a retired F1 driver...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great stuff.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Forever Best Schumacher! You know, three fantastic F1 drivers retired in 2006. But one guy is especially noticeable! That's Michael Schumacher! There’s no questioning which of them made the greatest impact on the sport. To a generation of fans, F1 is the sport where Michael Schumacher is king. Their view of it will forever come from the perspective that he is the most successful driver of all time. I am a big fan of Schumacher, I think he always gave us amazing feats. Last month I saw a report that he returned to the cockpit of a Formula One car and dominated both days of testing at the Barcelona circuit in
      Spain at: http://www.totalf1.com/view-article.php?newsid=236540&rsssource=recent , and investigation shows that he is still
      the best. That sounds great. "2006", I think it is an important for Schumacher. Though he lost the champion. But he left us a memorable 2006 season. I knew 2006 season would bring back memories. So as soon as the DVD arrived I put in, I am very pleased with this feature- and action-packed disc. Now owning the CD is not a big problem. Here I found one: http://dealstudio.com/searchdeals.php?deal_id=73632 , I think 2006 was the most exciting F1 season for some time.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think I'd probably enjoy F1 more if I were able to stay awake during races.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am just amazed that Sebastien Vettel beat Gronholm with the Ford Focus.

      Seems to me that losing again to Sebastian Loeb and retiring has not felt so good to Gronholm than it did to Schumacher losing to Fernando Alonso and retiring, too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a horrible synopsis. You guys make it seem as though Schumacher won the thing. How bout giving Ekstrom a bit more credit? I can't get much coverage on this seeing as how I live in the US, and you guys did a horrible job of informing me as far as I'm concerned.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We're sure the fact that that Button and Priaulx were beaten on their own home turf in Wembley Stadium was just more salt in the wound.

      For these guys, the Principality of Monaco is more 'home turf' than Wembley ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think Schui looked too upset after he overcooked it into the final corner. In fact, I am not sure he didn't overcook it with intention.

      I am sure he is happy to boost a fellow driver's career, just like it was a huge boost for Heikki when he beat Schumi a couple of years ago.

      We all know that MS is not averse to choreagraphing spins and strange stops - or stops in unfortunate places...and he is probably the world's best at putting the car exactly where he wants it.