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Sebastian Vettel names 2017 car Gina

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Sebastian Vettel has continued the tradition of naming his Formula One cars, christening his 2017 Ferrari 'Gina'.

Vettel's habit of naming his cars has become a popular one in F1 and stretches back to 2008, when he named his Toro Rosso 'Julie'. The names have become more adventurous in the years since.

In 2009, his first year at Red Bull, it was 'Kate' and 'Kate's Dirty Sister', before his maiden title winning season with 'Luscious Liz' and 'Randy Mandy'. 'Kinky Kylie' followed in 2011 and he continued his dominance of the sport with 'Abbey' (2012) and 'Hungry Heidi' (2013), the latter claiming a record nine consecutive race victories as he won a fourth straight title. He rounded off his Red Bull career with the winless 'Suzie'.

His switch to Ferrari in 2015 was marked with 'Eva', which he took to three race wins, before opting for more Italian flavour with 'Margherita' for the less memorable SFH-16, which failed to claim a race victory.

According to German newspaper Bild, Vettel has opted to name the SFH70 Gina -- short for Regina, the Latin for Queen. If pre-season form is anything to go by, Vettel and Gina will be in a strong position to challenge for the championship in 2017 after a very encouraging winter for Ferrari.