Formula One’s drivers have chosen their ‘lifetime’ numbers ahead of the 2014 F1 season, a move anounced by the FIA late last year.
The rule was introduced to mimick the likes of MotoGP and NASCAR, in which drivers carry a single number for the duration of their career – most notably multiple MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi and his legendary ’46’.
World Champion Sebastian Vettel chose number 5 as his lifetime number, but will carry number 1 in 2014 as per the reigning champion’s perogative. Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button chose numbers 44 and 22 respectively, Button selecting the latter as he carried the number on his Brawn GP car when he won the 2009 World Championship. Max Chilton, confirmed at Marussia today, has yet to file a choice.
Previously a driver’s number was based on his team’s finishing position in the last season’s title table.
|1||Red Bull||Sebastian Vettel|
|3||Red Bull||Daniel Ricciardo|
|6||Mercedes AMG||Nico Rosberg|
|11||Force India||Sergio Perez|
|25||Toro Rosso||Jean Eric Vergne|
|26||Toro Rosso||Daniil Kvyat|
|27||Force India||Nico Hulkenberg|
|44||Mercedes AMG||Lewis Hamilton|