Ryan Wood  |    |   0  |  11 January 2019

Red Bull's Pierre Gasly joins Team France for Race of Champions

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly will join Team France for the upcoming 2019 edition of the Race of Champions.

Gasly will join Loic Duval for the event, which pits drivers against one another in equal machinery across two days of events.

The 2019 RoC will be held at Mexico's Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez within the iconic stadium section, where a temporary circuit will be constructed.

This year's event will take place on January 19-20 and already boasts star drivers such as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, former F1 driver David Coulthard, IndyCar drivers Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Josef Newgarden plus Formula E's Lucas di Grassi and Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher.

Gasly and Duval will form Team France for Saturday's Nations Cup team event and will race for himself on Sunday to be crowned the Champion of Champions, a title currently held by Coulthard.

"It’s a big honour to be taking part in the Race Of Champions for the first time," said the Red Bull driver. "I’ve known about the event for many years, and I’m excited to see how it works first-hand at last.

"I know France has a rich tradition of driving success at the event so I’m looking forward to aiming for another strong performance in partnership with Loic in the ROC Nations Cup.

"Most of all I’m looking forward to hearing the noise of the Mexican crowds. I know the Foro Sol well from Formula 1, it’s a spectacular venue and we will all put on a great show for the fans."

2013 Le Mans 24 Hour winner Duval will also make his RoC debut next weekend, adding: "I’ve watched the Race Of Champions for years, and I’ve always been hoping I’d get a chance to have a go for myself. Now it’s happening for real, I can’t wait to take on all these great drivers from motorsport series all over the world – not least in the ROC Nations Cup for Team France alongside Pierre.

"The event looks like an amazing experience and I’m sure the atmosphere at the Foro Sol will be special. Roll on next weekend…"

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