Driver Numbers

Discussion in 'Formula One Discussion' started by sushifiesta, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. sushifiesta

    sushifiesta Champion Elect Contributor

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    I thought this could do with it's own article although there have been comments elsewhere. So the FIA's troop of monkeys have been busy locked away at work with their typewriters and come up with a handful of new mostly mindboggling regulations. One of the more sane changes is that from now on the drivers will get to pick a number between 2 and 99 that stays with them for their whole career (with the current champion having the option to use number 1).

    The FIA have already asked the drivers what numbers they want, along with a 2nd and 3rd choice, with priority given to the driver who finished highest in the 2013 WDC where there are conflicts. They have to submit their answers by the end of the year so I guess we should hear the results in early January.

    As a starting point though, one driver has announced the number he wants - and it's quite a clever one I think. Let me introduce you to Mr. Valtteri Bo77as: .

    Any proposals for driver numbers you'd like to see? Or general comments about the change in the numbering rules?

    Allocated Numbers:

    Sebastian VETTEL5 (will use 1 in 2014 as champion)
    Daniel RICCIARDO3
    Lewis HAMILTON 44
    Nico ROSBERG6
    Fernando ALONSO14
    Romain GROSJEAN8
    Pastor MALDONADO13
    Jenson BUTTON22
    Kevin MAGNUSSEN20
    Sergio PEREZ11
    Adrian SUTIL99
    Esteban GUTIERREZ21
    Jean-Eric VERGNE25
    Daniil KVYAT26
    Felipe MASSA19
    Valtteri BOTTAS77
    Jules BIANCHI17
    Max CHILTON4
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  3. sobriety

    sobriety Podium Finisher

    Button could have 18, stylised to look like 'JB'

    Vettel? When he's not number 1 I guess oculd be 55, which you can mashup into 5V
  4. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #dejavu Valued Member

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    Fernando Alon80?

    Want to see Hammy take his Championship 22.

    Hope no-one takes 3 with all the stuff that's happened in that car!
  5. Greenlantern101

    Greenlantern101 Super Hero And All Round Good Guy Contributor

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    So shall we have bets on a joker going for 69

    Do you think drivers will be able to have the number in a colour.The one I remember was Nigels red 5, it was iconic.

    This is interesting. Lucky and Unlucky numbers around the world.

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  6. LifeW12

    LifeW12 Podium Finisher

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    I think the 27 is one of F1's most iconic numbers; Villeneuve, Alesi, Senna all had stints in it.
  7. Viscount

    Viscount Pole Sitter Contributor

    I bet Hamilton goes for 23.
  8. no-FIAt-please

    no-FIAt-please Champion Elect Premium Contributor

    Viscount Kovalainen's number in 2008?
  9. rufus_mcdufus

    rufus_mcdufus Champion Elect

    Lewis's age when he last won something?
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  10. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    Are they no allowing Damon's Zero to be taken?

    I still think this is a stupid rule and takes away from the whole idea of the team championship. Its just the first step to 3 car teams and different liveries within team cars.
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  11. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #dejavu Valued Member

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    Viscount - Senna always went with evens, so Lewis will follow. Not to mention he had evens in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013 and odds in his two poorer seasons.

    Think Vettel might go for 69! Kinky Kylie, indeed.

    I think of someone desperately wanted 0, especially of they're a Hill family member, the rules will bend.
  12. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles Banned Contributor

    I'd chose the age I was the first time a girl said to me "I'll show you mine if you show me yours." so that would be 5 then...
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  13. gethinceri

    gethinceri "suck my balls honey" Contributor

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    As written in the regulations, with the exception of the title holder, drivers can select numbers 3 to 98.
  14. Plutus

    Plutus Rookie

    Vettel better take the number one otherwise no one will be using it for the next 10 years or so.
  15. Il_leone

    Il_leone Race Winner

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    in reference to 500Cc/ MotoGP where riders can pick any number except No 1 is designated for world champions

    If my memory serves me right not since Mick Doohan back in 1998 a reigning world champion has not managed to defend their title carrying No 1... Valentino Rossi even though he was world champion was still carrying no 46

    - Stoner/ Lorenzo/ Hayden/ Roberts Jnr/ Criville have all failed to defend their title carrying no 1
  16. Jos the Boss

    Jos the Boss Champion Elect

    Rosberg has asked for 6, 5 and 9, in that order, 6 for Keke
    Checo- 11
    Massa- 19
    Kimi- 7
    Alonso 14
    That's all I've read so far, as well as Bottas having 77
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  17. sushifiesta

    sushifiesta Champion Elect Contributor

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    Jos the Boss Have you got links? Are they officially confirmed our rumours? I'm just in the process of adding a table to the original post now.
  18. Jos the Boss

    Jos the Boss Champion Elect

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  19. Il_leone

    Il_leone Race Winner

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    If I was Button or Hamilton I would want car No 22 since they both won the drivers title with that number !
  20. sushifiesta

    sushifiesta Champion Elect Contributor

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    The article says Rosberg wants 6, 5 or 9 as well I think? I couldn't find anything about Perez in that article but there's one here that mentions he wants 11:

    I'll try to keep the table I've added at the top up to date over the coming weeks.
  21. Jos the Boss

    Jos the Boss Champion Elect

    It does, I mentioned that in my first post! It's just various sources of twitter I get these things from!
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