Driver number preferences emerge
18 December 2013 – A number of drivers have now revealed which numbers they have selected for the 2014 F1 World Championship.
Following a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and the Formula One Commission in Paris earlier this month the decision was made to go with permanent numbers from 2014, with drivers asked to select a number from #2 to #99 for the duration of their career in the FIA F1 World Championship. The #1 will be reserved for the current World Champion, although he doesn’t have to use it.
Initially drivers have submitted three choices - with priority set to be given to the driver who finished highest in the previous year’s championship - and of the 18 pilots confirmed for next season, six have revealed their preferences, with most doing so via Twitter.
Mercedes man Nico Rosberg recently said he has requested, in order of preference, #6, #5 and #9 – the #6 was of course carried by his dad, Keke Rosberg, in 1982, the year he won the F1 Drivers’ title.
Sergio Perez meanwhile has said #11 is his first choice, while Felipe Massa wants #19 and his Williams team-mate, Valtteri Bottas has gone for #77, #17 and #11. Of the rest, Jean-Eric Vergne has gone for #25, #21 and #27 and Jules Bianchi has opted for #7, #27 and #77.
The rest, however, it seems are keeping it under wraps: “My 3 favourite numbers sent to the #FIA but will keep it secret for now ;-) ! Some of you guessed well ;-) #f1 #2014” Lotus man Romain Grosjean said on Saturday via his Twitter account, @RGrosjean.