Palmer, Wehrlein set for Race of Champions appearance

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A pair of Formula 1 reserve drivers, Lotus’ Jolyon Palmer and Mercedes’ Pascal Wehrlein, are the latest two drivers to be added to the Race of Champions field for the Nov. 20-21 race in London.

Both drivers made their debuts with Team Young Stars last year and will reprise their roles on this go-around.

“I’m delighted to be back at the Race Of Champions this year,” Palmer said, via the RoC website. “It was such a great event last year but as a Brit, being in London makes it even more special for me. It’s always a fun event, with some good competition of course and I really hope the fans enjoy it… I’m sure they will!”

Added Wehrlein, “I’m really looking forward to coming back for my second Race Of Champions. I enjoyed it so much last year in Barbados and I nearly made it all the way. Now I’ll try to win it this year after my fantastic season winning the DTM title.”

The field thus far includes:

  • Sebastian VETTEL, four-time Formula 1 World Champion
  • Nico HÜLKENBERG, F1 star and 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours winner
  • Tom KRISTENSEN, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner
  • Petter SOLBERG, World Rallycross Champion 2014, World Rally Champion 2003
  • Daniel RICCIARDO, three-time Formula 1 grand prix winner
  • Mick DOOHAN, five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion
  • Felipe MASSA, 11-time Formula 1 grand prix winner
  • Nelson PIQUET Jr, reigning FIA Formula E Champion
  • David COULTHARD, reigning ROC Champion of Champions
  • Susie WOLFF, Williams Martini Racing Official Test Driver
  • Jason PLATO, double British Touring Car Champion
  • Jorge LORENZO, triple MotoGP World Champion
  • Romain GROSJEAN, ten F1 podiums, 2012 ROC Champion of Champions
  • Ryan HUNTER-REAY, 2014 Indy 500 winner, 2012 IndyCar Champion
  • Alex BUNCOMBE, 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series Champion
  • Jenson BUTTON, 2009 Formula 1 World Champion
  • Pascal WEHRLEIN, 2015 DTM Champion
  • Jolyon PALMER, 2014 GP2 Champion