The FIAs decision to reinstate personal numbers in Formula One has been met with Universal approval, and this week the numbers that will be associated with the current crop of drivers until their final race have been announced.
The decision to bring back permanent race numbers was made in order to create more personality around the driver as well as increasing marketing potential.
Numbers such as the ‘Red 5’ of Nigel Mansell and #27 of Gilles Villeneuve are still remembered today, however a check of the previous year’s Constructor standings is required to find what number Fernando Alonso won his 2005 World Championship under.
And behind each decision is a back-story, many laced with sentimentality and childhood memories.
Sebastian Vettel will use #1 due to winning last year’s Championship, but has secured #5 – his first number as a youth in karting – as his permanent number should he not make it five in a row.
The same is true for Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, who will use their first numbers in racing, #14 and #44 respectively. For Hamilton in particular this number is synonymous with him throughout his early career, having watched him work from the sidelines it was easy to see where his future lay. Watch Hamilton Karting
Jenson Button has opted to run the number that took him to the 2009 World Championship, #22, whilst his new team-mate, Kevin Magnussen, is to use the #20 that took him to the World Series by Renault title in 2013.
Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean are no team mates, but the numbering system still looks like they are! Raikkonen is #7 and Grosjean #8.
Each number has a back-story so please share what you know of them in the comments section.
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull (also #5 reserved)
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus
11 Sergio Perez Force India
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus
14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
17 Jules Bianchi Marussia
19 Felipe Massa Williams
20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren
21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber
22 Jenson Button McLaren
25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso
26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso
27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
77 Valtteri Bottas Williams
99 Adrian Sutil Sauber