Sebastian Vettel has named his 2016 Ferrari ‘Margherita’, the car that he hopes will trouble the Mercedes out on track.
Vettel is known for naming his cars, calling his first Toro Rosso ‘Julie’. After that came ‘Kate’ and ‘Kate’s Dirty Sister’ until down the line his first Ferrari was called ‘Eva’ and now it is ‘Margherita’.
The four-time World Champion revealed the name on Thursday and immediately refuted suggestions that the car was named after the pizza.
“It’s not named after a pizza, it’s a name first of all,” he said.
“I think if you look it up the first thing that comes up is that is that it’s a name, not a pizza. We like the name. Last year it was Eva, this year Margherita.”
As for whether Ferrari have done enough with ‘Margherita’ to challenge Mercedes this season, Vettel says he believes the car is a “big improvement” on its predecessor.
“It is a big improvement and big step forward overall,” he said.
“From the outside it is easy to see the main differences, but from the inside we have done a very, very nice job and it allowed us to be, first of all, quicker from the start and have more chance of improving throughout the year.
“That is good news – but whether it is good news right from the start. I don’t know yet.
“We hope so. We know our challenge is very, very big. We know Mercedes in the last two years built a strong and solid platform, not just the engine, but also the car.
“I think it is quite difficult to start the next season with a worse car than the year before. But we know the bar is high so we keep on pushing.”