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It's a girl: Vettel names his F1 car

Motorsport

Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel will be driving 'Suzie' around the bend when the season starts in Australia on Sunday.

The 26-year-old German has given a female name to all his Red Bull cars and the team announced his latest choice on their Twitter feed on Tuesday.

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Sebastian Vettel poses with his new RB10, now called Suzie.

Vettel will be chasing his 10th successive race victory this weekend as he sets out in search of a fifth consecutive championship.

Last year's RB9 car was dubbed 'Hungry Heidi'.

'Suzie' has plenty of catching up to do, however, with Red Bull struggling to string laps together in pre-season testing while their Mercedes-powered rivals showed impressive reliability.

Sunday's race marks the start of a new turbo era in Formula One, with a 1.6 litre V6 engine and energy recovery systems replacing the old 2.4 litre V8s.

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