--
 
SA's best-selling cars

Continuing its trend as South Africa’s best-selling passenger car, Volkswagen has sold more than 2300 Polo Vivos in March 2017.

How Porsche will help local youths in SA

Porsche SA has opened its new Training Centre in Cape Town which aims to provide opportunities for 75 youths from disadvantaged backgrounds in the auto industry.

Sebastian Vettel names 2017 Ferrari F1 car 'Gina'

2017-03-22 08:03

MEET SEB'S NEW CAR: Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has named his new 2017 F1 car 'Gina'. Image: AP / Fransisco Seco

Germany - 2017 title favourite Sebastian Vettel has continued his tradition of naming his formula one car for the forthcoming season.

Vettel always gives his single seater a female name, and this year his 2017 Ferrari is called 'Gina', according to the German newspaper Bild.

The newspaper said: "The name is Latin and is short for Regina, meaning Queen." 

Ferrari on pace?

"Will Gina take Vettel to his next coronation?" Bild wondered, referring to the quadruple world champion.

Former Ferrari driver Alain Prost thinks that's a possibility.

The told France's Auto Hebdo: "At the Barcelona test I saw the Ferrari performing well on long, high-speed corners, meaning the car has efficient aerodynamics." 

"That is a good sign. Of course, tyre choice, engine tuning and fuel all affect the testing results, but it does seem to me that the Scuderia is in good shape," Prost, now an advisor for the works Renault team, added.

Others, however, think Mercedes is still ahead of Ferrari.

"Ferrari and Red Bull are a few tenths behind them," predicted former F1 driver Alex Wurz, in conversation with Sport1.

NEXT ON WHEELS24X
Read more on:    ferrari  |  sebastian vettel  |  f1  |  motorsport

Inside Wheels24

Vettel masters Hamilton to win Australian GP

Sebastian Vettel out-manoeuvred Lewis Hamilton and the world champion Mercedes team with a stunning victory in the season-opening Australian GP in Melbourne on Sunday.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.