Gasly chooses 10 as permanent F1 number
26 September 2017 – Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly has selected 10 as his permanent race number in Formula 1, ahead of his debut at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Toro Rosso confirmed on Tuesday that reigning GP2 champion Gasly will graduate to Formula 1 with the team at Sepang, in place of Daniil Kvyat, and is set to remain in the STR12 for the Suzuka round.
Under Formula 1 regulations introduced in 2014, drivers are free to choose a number between 2 and 99 to carry throughout their career, with 1 reserved for the reigning champion.
Gasly has chosen 10, the number previously raced by Kamui Kobayashi during his final year in Formula 1 with Caterham in 2014.
A driver's number is protected for two years after their most recent race, meaning that 10 became available in 2017, and it has now been selected by Gasly.
Gasly raced with 10 during his title-winning Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 campaign with Tech 1 in 2013.