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.