Vettel and Hulkenberg beaten in Nations Cup final


Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg have been beaten in the final of the Race of Champions Nations Cup in London.

Team Germany was beaten by Team England 1 - made up of touring car drivers Andy Priaulx and Jason Plato. Team England 1 took the first leg against Vettel before Hulkenberg beat Plato to force a deciding race. Priaulx was again victorious to give Team England its first Nations Cup victory, depriving Hulkenberg of a debut win. It also marked the first time Vettel had failed to win in the Nations Cup after six previous successes.

The all-F1 German team had made the final with victories over Team Australia and Team Nordic, with the opening round seeing Vettel beat former Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in a close race.

For Team England, a win in the quarter finals against Team Americas was followed up by a final race decider against Team England 2 - made up of Jenson Button and Alex Buncombe. With Button and Priaulx winning their respective legs it was Priaulx who then took the deciding race against the 2009 world champion.

Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean both had disappointing nights as both Team Brazil and Grosjean's Team All Stars - alongside cycling legend Chris Hoy - failed to make it beyond the first round.

The drivers will return to race for the individual title on Saturday, which is currently held by former McLaren and Red Bull driver David Coulthard. Coulthard - who will look to defend his Champion of Champions crown - was beaten by Button in a first round Nations Cup race on Friday by just 0.005s.

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