F1: Ferrari’s Seb Vettel Names New Racer ‘Loria’
Sebastian Vettel’s tradition of naming his F1 racer has continued with the christening of ‘Loria’, his 2018 Ferrari.
Traditionally Mr. Vettel names his car during a pre-race dinner with his team of engineers and mechanics. Speaking about the decision after Friday practice in Melbourne, he joked he aims to trigger a naming boom in Italy with a championship for Ferrari this year.
“Loria… so we invented a new name!” he said when asked about the name of his new car.
“I don’t know, maybe this year if we do really well then at least in Italy there will be some girls named Gloria as well, so that would be nice!
“We sit together every year and try to come up with something funny and there’s a bit of a reason behind it. Let’s see. It’s just the beginning of the story, maybe we will add a letter here or there at the end of the year…”
Mr. Vettel’s tradition of naming his cars has become a popular in F1, and is usually revealed at the opening race. This practice dates to his Y 2008 season with Toro Rosso, during which he won his maiden F1 race at Monza with the car named ‘Julie’.
The switch to Ferrari in Y 2015 did not end the tradition.
He started at The Scuderia with ‘Eva’ in Y 2015 and claimed 3 race victories. He opted for a more Italian flavor in Y 2016 with ‘Margherita’ for the less memorable SFH-16, which failed to claim a race victory.
Then in Y 2017 he led the championship for most of the year with ‘Gina’. ‘Loria’ will hope to do what ‘Gina’ could not and win Ferrari its 1st drivers’ championship since Y 2007.
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The Season Opener
Rolex Australian Grand Prix Schedule on ESPN Networks (all times EDT)
Friday, 23 March
Practice 2 1 a.m. ESPN3
Practice 3 10 p.m. ESPNEWS
Saturday, 24 March
Qualifying 2 a.m. ESPN2
Sunday, 25 March: Race Day
On the Grid 12:30 a.m. ESPN2
Race 1 a.m. ESPN2
Race (encore) 11 a.m. ESPN2
Race (encore) 1 p.m. ESPNEWS
Race (encore) 9 p.m. ESPNEWS
Enjoy this racing weekend.
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