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2014-03-13 13:04

MEET SUZIE: F1 World champion Sebastian Vettel will put his new 2014 F1 car to test in Melbourne, Australia, on March 16. Image: AFP

ALAN BALDWIN

LONDON, England - Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel will be driving 'Suzie' around the bend when the 2014 season starts in Melbourne, Australia, on March 16.

The 26-year-old German has given each of his Red Bull cars a name and the team announced his latest choice through Twitter. In 2013 it was

'Hungry Heidi'
and before her came
2012 Abbey
2011 Kinky Kylie
2010 Randy Mandy
2010 Luscious Liz

and before them, in 2009, Kate and Kate's Dirty Little sister, news items Wheels24 did not carry.

Vettel will be chasing his 10th consecutive race victory in Melbourne this weekend when he sets out in search of a fifth consecutive championship.

'Suzie' has plenty of catching up to do, however, with Red Bull struggling to string laps together in pre-season testing - Mercedes-powered rivals showed impressive reliability.

Sunday's race will see the reincarnation of the turbo era in F1 with a 1.6 litre V6 and energy recovery systems replacing 2.4 litre V8.
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