How can you not admire Red Bull racer Sebastian Vettel?
Becoming the youngest Grand Prix winner with one of the most shining examples of a debut victory in Italy 2008, he further established his credentials with a drivers title fight that only faltered in the latter stages of the following season.
Now for the new season he carries on one of his many personal traditions, by naming the car that he hopes will glide him to increased performance and optimistic fortunes.
‘ Luscious Liz’ is to continue on from ‘Julie’ and ‘Kate’ that gave him chances of individual triumph at previous seasons with Toro Rosso and Red Bull respectively.
Some will immediately criticise the odd occurence from the talented youngster. I have already seen doubts over his masculinity if he is willing to go above and beyond the requirements of getting to one with the car.
But surely in his quirky approach to his new car he portrays a talented youngster who wants to be as comfortable with the drive beneath him that could provide him glimpses of world renowned respect.
He accompanies the christening of his car with a religions step into the car, dismount from the left hand side, and the placing of a lucky coin put behind the laces of his boot, thus portraying a man heaped in superstition. Yet he is one who has a result highlights his passion and aspirations for his long term career.
It shows his determination of being able to etch his name into the history books, if he increases his tally of race victories and world championship points.
I myself always named my cars Phoebe, which drew upon my many years of watching the famous character of Phoebe Buffay from the TV show ‘Friends’. In naming my cars I felt more secure and able in a body of steel that would shelter me from surrounding hazards.
When a raving lunatic drove into me at 90mph on the motorway I was relieved in Phoebe’s ability to shield me from injury, and revealed by disgust at the damage caused to Phoebe that was thrust upon it from the maniac on the road. I remarked aggressively at her resulting yet inevitable exit from the roads.
We must therefore all know and respect the wheels that we rely upon.
For a driver in Formula 1 therefore to openly admit his odd tradition of naming what many consider as a disposable car he will give the impression that one of his main objectives is to understand his car compassionately.
For those who wont think of him as bizarre in his naming of Liz they will see it as a purposeful event that attempts to allow him a consequential larger amount of possible performance from her.
Sebastian may have his followers but he will also cornily have the continued support of Liz, thus psychologically affording him a double offering of support.