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Hungry Heidi, Kinky Kylie, Luscious Liz, Gina - Sebastian Vettel’s F1 Lady Luck

German racer Sebastian Vettel is known to name his car for each Formula One season and has nicknamed 2017 Ferrari ‘Gina’ which roughly translates to queen

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Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel speeds down the main straight on the way to winning the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday.
Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel speeds down the main straight on the way to winning the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday. (AFP)

Sebastian Vettel out-manoeuvred Lewis Hamilton to gain a stunning victory in the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday.

While the four-time Formula One champion insisted before the season began that Hamilton and his Mercedes were favourites to win the title, Sebastian Vettel might have been harbouring a secret that he only hinted at through the name of his car.

The German has famously dubbed his Formula One car for each season with a female name and his Ferrari for the 2017 campaign has been christened ‘Gina’.

Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (C) celebrates on the podium with Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) and Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (R) after winning the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday. (AFP)

According to a report by German newspaper Bild, the nickname Gina is derived from the name Regina which is the Latin word for ‘queen’.

It’s possible that Sebastian Vettel was hinting that he would be champion or king by the end of the current season with the help of Gina. But that’s speculation at this point with the 2017 season only one-race old following his victory in Melbourne.

Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel is congratulated by team members after he won the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday. (AFP)

Last week, when asked what they would wish to change about the sport, Lewis Hamilton said he would have liked if there were more women in the paddock.

The Briton declared that there were “too many dudes” in the paddock and that access for women should be improved to make the sport more inclusive.

Maybe, Sebastian Vettel’s approach to feminine names for his trusted cars is an attempt at including women on track, if only in spirit.

Here is a list Sebastian Vettel’s car names since entering the fray in 2008:

2008: Julie (Toro Rosso)

2009: Kate and Kate’s Dirty Sister (Red Bull)

2010: Luscious Liz (Red Bull)

2011: Kinky Kylie (Red Bull)

2012: Abbey (Red Bull)

2013: Hungry Heidi (Red Bull)

2014: Suzie (Red Bull)

2015: Eva (Ferrari)

2016: Margherita (Ferrari)

2017: Gina (Ferrari)

Vettel, Hamilton and other drivers will be seen in action next at the Chinese Grand Prix which will take place on the Shanghai International Circuit on April 9.