Sebastian Vettel has named his 2018 F1 car ‘Loria’.
The four-time World Champion’s tradition of naming his car ahead of the start of the season dates back to 2008, when he named his Toro Rosso STR3 ‘Julie’. The names became more creative as the seasons passed, with ‘Kate’s Dirty Sister’ in 2009 and ‘Kinky Kylie’ in 2011 being particular highlights.
Since his move to Ferrari in 2015, his car names have had an Italian feel, with Eva, Margherita and Gina preceding 2018’s ‘Loria’. The meaning of the name Loria refers to the laurel tree, a tree symbolic of honor and victory. Vettel has said in the past that he and his mechanics choose the name over a dinner before the start of the season.
When asked in today’s Press Conference whether he has a master plan for the new season, Sebastian replied:
“Yes, all laid out – but it’s not with me, it’s in my room, so, of course, top secret, so I can’t give you any details.”
The 2018 Formula One season begins on Sunday in Melbourne.
Nicky Haldenby is a 24 year old Formula One blogger from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. He graduated from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature and founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in March 2016. Nicky also writes for Badger GP and can be heard regularly as a guest on the Last Lap Podcast.