Montoya, Vettel show they’re the main men
FORMER Formula One driver and 2015 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya took the Race of Champions trophy for the first time in an epic shootout at the Marlins Park baseball stadium in Florida. His win was overshadowed, however, by Sebastian Vettel’s heroic solo drive to take the two-man Nations Cup after Team Germany partner Pascal Wehrlein was advised by doctors to withdraw, following a huge crash.
In the final showdown Montoya faced off against Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen. It was the Dane’s 15th consecutive Race of Champions appearance - equalling the record set by rally legend Stig Blomqvist - and his fifth final (although he’s never won).
Defending Race of Champions title-holder Sebastian Vettel, annoyed with himself for not even having made it out of the group stages on Saturday and without a partner for the two-man Nations Cup after Wehrlein’s withdrawal, stormed into the Sunday programme with a point to prove. He started by beating Britain’s Jenson Button David Coulthard; then he disposed of Colombia’s Montoya and Gabby Chaves, and finally beat Americans Kyle and Kurt Busch to take the title. - IOL Motoring
Juan Pablo Montoya.