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F1 Drivers: Their Numbers Are Up

Saturday 11th January 2014

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F1 Drivers: Their Numbers Are Up

F1 Drivers: Their Numbers Are Up

The FIA have revealed the numbers F1 drivers will most likely carry for the rest of their careers. While Sebastian Vettel will carry No.1 next season, should he be deposed, then he'll drop back to No.5.

There have been a few surprises after the list was revealed. Clearly no driver wanted the burden of being the official No.2 and there's no takers for No.4 either. Not yet anyway, there are still seats to be confirmed at Caterham and Marussia.

After Vettel weighs in at No.5, next up is Nico Rosberg at No.6 (Dad Keke raced No.6 for Williams) and Kimi Raikkonen with his lucky No.7, despite being tipped to carry off No.99, (which has now been nabbed by Adrian Sutil, though cynics in the paddock think that this might become available very shortly).

Pastor Maldonado has broken with tradition at Lotus. F1 drivers are a superstitious lot and No.13 has not been used for many years. However Pastor has plumped for No.13 for 2014 as if to challenge the fates. Should this not work out, he can still opt for No.66, to which he can draw on his own third six.

There is a mathematically improbable match-up of former McLaren team-mates with Jenson Button going for No.22 and Lewis Hamilton doubling it to No.44. Jenson probably didn't realise that No.22 is the unluckiest number in Formula 1 with the highest number - 275 - of mechanical failures. With a dazzling irony No.13 is one of the luckiest. Because that number has hardly ever been raced, it has attracted the fewest retirements, along with Damon Hill's famous No.0 from 1994.

Nico Hulkenberg wanted and got the No.27 made famous by Ferrari legend Gilles Villeneuve, and Fernando Alonso got his precious No.14. This was always going to be likely as if two drivers wanted the same number, then the one who finished higher last season got the place.

* Sadly the FIA have still to respond to our request to give Michael Schumacher a number and retire it, in respect to the greatest record holder in the sport.

Driver Numbers in 2014
1. and 5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault
6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
7. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
8. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault
11. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes
13. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault
14. Fernando Alonso Ferrari
17. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari
19. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes
20. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes
21. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari
22. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
25. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault
26. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault
27. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes
44. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
77. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes
99. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari

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