Sebastian Vettel calls his RB9 'Hungry Heidi'

Published on 14 Mar 2013 08:31
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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'. 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." (GMM)

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