Daniel Ricciardo set for Race of Champions debut

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Some positive news from the F1 world after a tough weekend comes Monday, and it involves F1’s most frequently smiling driver.

Daniel Ricciardo will make his debut in the season-ending Race of Champions all-star event, which will be held this year on November 20-21 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

The Red Bull driver will partner motorcycle legend Mick Doohan for Team Australia.

“It’s an honour to be invited to the Race Of Champions and I’m really looking forward to racing inside the tight confines of London’s former Olympic Stadium,” Ricciardo said, via the official event website.

“It will be very different to what I’m used to in Formula 1 but I can’t wait to try out ROC’s wide range of cars in quick succession. It looks like a serious challenge but I’m ready for anything.”

The Australian joins a list of confirmed entries for the race that also includes four-time World Champion and his past Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel, nine-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, past World Rally Champion Petter Solberg and past Grand Prix winner David Coulthard.