Sebastian Vettel has named his new Ferrari F1 car Lina ahead of the 2019 season.
Everything you need to know about the opening race of the 2019 season, including which car should go quickest at the Albert Park
Unlike main rival Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel disappeared from the public eye after squandering the 2018 championship. Laurence Edmondson looks at whether he has done enough to avoid history repeating itself in 2019.
Since making his debut in 2008, Vettel has given each of his F1 cars a girl’s name and, despite moving from Toro Rosso to Red Bull to Ferrari, has continued the tradition. The name is usually decided between Vettel and his mechanics ahead of the first race and stays with the car throughout the year. The only exceptions were the B-spec cars Red Bull introduced during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Below is a list of Vettel’s car names through the years:
2018: Ferrari SF71H | Loria
2017: Ferrari SF70H | Gina
2016: Ferrari SF16H | Margherita
2015: Ferrari SF15T | Eva
2014: Red Bull RB10 | Suzie
2013: Red Bull RB9 | Hungry Heidi
2012: Red Bull RB8 | Abbey
2011: Red Bull RB7 | Kinky Kylie
2010: Red Bull RB6 | Luscious Liz, Randy Mandy
2009: Red Bull RB5 | Kate, Kate’s Dirty Sister
2008: Toro Rosso STR3 | Julie
Lina appeared to be very quick during pre-season testing in Barcelona, with Vettel setting the fastest time by 0.003s from reigning champion Lewis Hamilton. However, the first big test will come at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix as Vettel attempts to mount his first successful title campaign since 2013.
“The atmosphere is good, the spirit is right inside the team and we try to carry that into the season,” Vettel said on Thursday. “In terms of expectations, I think it’s normal when you finish second the year before that the way people look at it is that it’s a disaster because you finished second so in that way finishing second, third, or fourth is all the same disaster.
“The winner takes it all. So in that case, Lewis has been in that position in the last years and we try to turn it around.”
ESPN will show live coverage of the 2019 Formula One season in the United States this year.
The schedules for the upcoming races are listed below (all times Eastern):
Rolex Australian Grand Prix
Practice 1 – Thursday, March 14, 8:55 PM – ESPN3
Practice 2 – Friday, March 15, 12:55 AM – ESPNEWS
Practice 3 – Friday, March 15, 10:55 PM – ESPNEWS
Qualifying – Saturday, March 16, 1:55 AM – ESPN2
Qualifying (re-air) Saturday, March 16, 7:00 – ESPN2
On The Grid – Sunday, March 17, 12:30 AM – ESPN
Race – Sunday, March 17, 1:00 AM – ESPN
Race (re-air) – Sunday, March 17, 6:30 AM – ESPN2