Vettel calls 2013 car 'Hungry Heidi'

With three consecutive Formula One championships, being superstitious is not new to motorsports. Sebastian Vettel's new RB9 will now be known as 'Hungry Heidi'.

Mar.14 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel and his mechanics have named the reigning world champion's 2013 Red Bull 'Hungry Heidi'.

Giving his chassis a light-hearted female moniker is now among the German's various superstitious habits, as he bids for a near-unprecedented fourth consecutive drivers' title this season.

Bild newspaper said Vettel and his crew decided on the name just before midnight on Wednesday, over dinner at the Melbourne steakhouse 'Vlado'.

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing with the media
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing with the media

Photo by: XPB Images

The report said the name is connected to German-American model Heidi Klum, who once had a relationship with former Renault boss Flavio Briatore.

"They (Klum and Vettel) don't even know each other," Klum's father Gunther told Bild. "But of course it is a nice touch."

Meanwhile, Vettel's boss Christian Horner has played down Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton's constant intimations that Vettel - despite his recent successes - is not among the very best drivers on the grid.

"They both seem to have found a mutual admiration with the common denominator being that Sebastian has done all the winning over the past three years," Horner said in Melbourne.

"It is impossible to ignore what Sebastian has achieved."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Lewis Hamilton , Flavio Briatore , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Red Bull Racing
Article type Breaking news
Tags alonso, briatore, hamilton, horner, klum, melbourne, red bull, renault, vettel