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Driver Numbers

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

  1. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #bringbackmaldo Valued Member

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    She chose 100 yards last time though, gethinceri.
     
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  3. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #bringbackmaldo Valued Member

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    I don't know how binding FP1 numbers are, but on Friday FP1 we saw...

    36 - Giedo van der Garde
    40 - Felipe Nasr
    46 - Robin Frijns
     
  4. soccerman17

    soccerman17 Race Winner

    If I am correct they aren't binding at all if they are able to get race seats. Those are just temporary.
     
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  5. FB

    FB Not my cup of cake Valued Member

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    If a driver retires is there a period before the number can be used again? One or two seasons maybe?
     
  6. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #bringbackmaldo Valued Member

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    There must be. It's quite commonplace for a 1 year gap.

    They're also willing to keep 5 on hold this year (and 44 next).
     
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  7. Brogan

    Brogan Running Man Staff Member

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    They keep their number for the rest of their career.
    So presumably, until they officially announce their retirement, the number can't be reused.

    Good job the system wasn't in place when Schumacher retired-returned-retired.
     
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  8. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #bringbackmaldo Valued Member

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    Maybe they should race for the number in karts if there's a dispute.
     
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  9. FB

    FB Not my cup of cake Valued Member

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    So if they retire and comeback then they would need a new number. I suppose it will help should a World Champion retire as we will not have to have a 0 anymore.
     
  10. Westy

    Westy Pole Sitter

    I enjoyed it when we had 0 on the Williams in back to back years. It was unique (with the full understand that with it happening twice it goes against the very definition of "unique").
     
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  11. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    Although as the same driver had the Zero Westy you could argue it was unique to that driver.

    I imagine we won't see a zero ever again.....unless Josh Hill makes it to F1.
     
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  12. soccerman17

    soccerman17 Race Winner

    I don't like that its for life. Why can't they change? People change, as do their preferences. Just make them keep the same number for a whole season.
     
  13. Jen

    Jen Here be dragons. Contributor

    Would a WDC give up his number?

    I think not - many drivers are very superstitious and would be horrified if they had to relinquish their 'lucky number'.
     
  14. sushifiesta

    sushifiesta Champion Elect Contributor

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    soccerman17 The point of doing it was so the drivers could build a brand around their numbers. You can't really do that if the numbers change every year, which is why the system was changed in the first place.
     
  15. Jos the Boss

    Jos the Boss Champion Elect

    Just look at the popularity of the Beckham 7/23, CR7 and CR9 for a brief period, R10, Michael Jordan 23, even the Rossi 46! The list goes on
     
  16. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    Yeah but that came naturally. This all seems a bit......forced.
     
  17. soccerman17

    soccerman17 Race Winner

    sushifiesta I understand that, but what if a driver wishes to change their brand? Do you really think Kvyat wants to build around 26? Why not let them change as long as nobody is already using that number, if they so wish? Its a driver number lets not over regulate it here. If a driver wants to keep a number and build a brand he may, but if he doesn't want to then don't make him. Simple as that.
     
  18. FB

    FB Not my cup of cake Valued Member

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    Maybe when Vettel loses the No.1 he can change his number every race, like he does with his helmets. That would piss everyone off wouldn't it :D
     
  19. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #bringbackmaldo Valued Member

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    FB - If, of course, anyone cared.
     
  20. F1Yorkshire

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    On the subject of our favourite helmet lover, he's going to have quite a lot of unretired helmets by the end of this year.
     
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  21. Brogan

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    Rossi has settled on 53 as his driver number.

    He originally chose 16 but was told it was a 'Red Bull reserve number'.

    I wasn't aware teams could do that?
     

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