Todt supports permanent driver numbers
9 December 2013 – FIA President Jean Todt has supported the recently proposed idea of allowing drivers, with the exception of the reigning World Champion, to use permanent car numbers.
Todt, who was re-elected for a second term last week, says it is at present difficult for fans to identify drivers, adding that although sponsor space is limited, solutions can be found.
And with Formula 1's Strategy Group set to discuss the matter at its next meeting, the Frenchman has given the concept a verbal seal of approval.
"I am very supportive of that," Todt is quoted by France's L'Equipe. "I think it would be nice if the drivers kept the same race number, with the exception of the World Champion who displays the number one.
"When I watch a Grand Prix, I cannot see the name or the number of the driver. I know they need the space on the cars for the sponsors, but I think that there are solutions — for example we could put a number on the helmet."
Should the Strategy Group agree on the matter, it will need to be approved by the F1 Commission. The World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) would then be able to vote to officially ratify it.