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Formula 1 drivers pick new numbers for good

By Deeq on 15 Jan 2014

Attached Image Along with the controversial decision to award double points for the final race of the season, the FIA announced last month that Formula One drivers would be allowed to choose permanent numbers that can be carried over from season to season. Previously, the numbers changed based on finishing position during the previous year.

The new system allows the reigning world champion to wear number one, if he chooses, while the rest of the field can choose a number from 2 to 99. Now, we have the list of numbers each driver has chosen.

First and foremost, Sebastian Vettel will wear number one next season, although the four-time champion will race under number five if someone ever manages to unseat him from the top of the F1 hierarchy. Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, meanwhile, will carry number 44 to the track, while Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari will wear 14 and seven, respectively. Jenson Button and his McLaren will be number 22.
See the full list of numbers below.
Red Bull
1. Sebastian Vettel (will use number five when not reigning champion)
3. Daniel Ricciardo

44. Lewis Hamilton
6. Nico Rosberg

14. Fernando Alonso
7. Kimi Raikkonen

8. Romain Grosjean
13. Pastor Maldonado

22. Jenson Button
20. Kevin Magnussen

Force India
27. Nico Hulkenberg
11. Sergio Perez

99. Adrian Sutil
21. Esteban Gutierrez

Toro Rosso
25. Jean Eric Vergne
26. Daniel Kvyat

19. Felipe Massa
77. Valtteri Bottas

17. Jules Bianchi
TBC Max Chilton

Both drivers to be confirmed

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Written by Deeq
With intense love for cars and bikes since little, and passion for photography, Siddiq tries hard to bring cars to life on the screen, proving his worth as well as his passion for the job.

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tanbk Jan 15 2014 07:02 PM

Why F1 rules keep changing?
No wonder they keep losing fans.


And why does reigning champion take number 1?
Number 1 is no special number. Look at other popular sports in the world.
Pele was 10.

Maradona was 10.

Jordon was 23.

MitziMo Jan 17 2014 03:28 PM

It gives the drivers a bit more personality and motivation. And of course, creates more brand identity. Though having the numbers reflecting the ranking is quite a turn off, I feel, as a fan, as a spectator.


Oh wells, let’s just put it on a positive thought - hopefully, the numbers chosen will stay for good. They can’t possibly be changing numbers the whole time.

Kratoschumacher Jan 22 2014 11:40 AM

So will F1 merchandise look like soccer jerseys now with the permanent numbers?

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