Sebastian Vettel has admitted that he is facing some difficulties in choosing a name for his car ahead of the 2021 F1 season due to being unable to socialise as much with the team.
The German is known for his tradition of giving his cars a unique moniker each year, with past names including Suzie, Margherita and Lucilla. Usually he comes up with the chosen name as part of a get-together with his crew, but with the coronavirus pandemic's effect on socialising, Vettel is having to rethink how he chooses the name of his first Aston Martin Formula 1 car.
"Normally I take the mechanics for dinner and we have a laugh and a couple of beers and we figure out a funny name for the season," Vettel explained during a fan Q&A video on Aston Martin's YouTube page. "But this year I think socialising is a bit more tricky.
"I'm sure during the test we'll find the time to talk about it and it will be the first time for them, so, yeah, exciting. I have a couple of ideas but let's see."
Vettel also dropped a hint about what the inspiration behind those ideas might be, given the history of the Aston Martin brand.
"Obviously with a link to James Bond and the Bond movies," the four-times world champion suggested.
Vettel was recently given his first opportunity to drive the new Aston Martin F1 car at the three-day pre-season test in Bahrain, though things didn't go quite as smoothly as he and the team might have hoped for.
The German had to end his final day of running earlier than planned due to a power unit problem, and only managed to do 57 laps. He also had some issues on Day Two, where he completed just 10 laps after suffering problems with the gearbox.