As we mentioned the other day, Sebastian Vettel is getting a new chassis for next weekend's Turkish Grand Prix.
As we mentioned the other day, Sebastian Vettel is getting a new chassis for next weekend's Turkish Grand Prix. And in keeping with his tradition of naming cars after girls, it's going to need a name.
Red Bull announced that Vettel's Monaco chassis was damaged and the team has built up and sent out a new one to Istanbul. It should be identical to the old one as chassis are homologated these days as a cost saving measure, so there is no incentive to bring out a B Spec car.
Vettel has a tradition of naming his cars, as American bomber pilots did with their planes in WWII. I think it's a fantastic idea and is one of the things that defines Vettel as not only very human but also very warm and amusing. Other drivers, including Michael Schumacher, have admitted talking to their cars in the closing laps of races, to make sure they get them home.
"It's important to have a close relationship with a car," he has said. "Like a ship, a car should be named after a girl as it's sexy."
His Toro Rosso car, in which he won the 2008 Italian Grand Prix was called "Julie."
Last year's Red Bull in which he was runner up in the world championship he named "Kate's Dirty Sister".
"My original car was called Kate. But then it got smashed at the opening race in Australia. So we called this one Kate's Dirty Sister because it is more aggressive and faster," he said after winning in China last year.
And this year he called his car "Luscious Liz". The whole team joins in with this humour, it was even the subject of an official Red Bull team Tweet announcing the name.
Luscious Liz has had mixed fortunes, with three pole positions and a win in Malaysia, but some mechanical issues which have cost him the outright championship lead. He will hope that the successor to Luscious Liz brings him more luck.
And now that Luscious Liz has been scrapped, he will need a new name for his new car.
Please send in your best suggestions in the comments box and I will pass them on to Sebastian and the team.
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