F1 drivers to choose bespoke number to be used for entire career at the top 10 December, 2013 Gilles Villeneuve in the number 27 Ferrari at Monaco during the 1981 season Among a wide range of major changes to Formula 1, the FIA has announced a change to the system of driver numbers, with drivers in future carrying their bespoke number throughout their career at the pinnacle of the sport rather than taking a new one every year depending on where they finished in the championship. The number one will be reserved for the World Champion, should he decide to use it the year after his title triumph and thereafter revert to his chosen number. During the initial number selection process, should more than one driver choose the same number, preference will be given to the driver who finished highest in the previous year’s championship. Although this is a novelty to Formula 1, in the past drivers such as Gilles Villeneuve will forever be remembered for his use of number 27 in 1981 and 1982 until his death during qualifying for the Belgian GP. Nigel Mansell drives the famous red five Williams during the 1992 Italian GP at Imola Nigel Mansell made the ‘Red Five’ a Formula 1 staple during his years with Williams. The concept is already used in MotoGP, with Italian Valentino Rossi famed for his number 46. Bespoke numbers have been a fixture throughout the history of NASCAR with the sport’s top drivers always associated to their numbers such as: Richard Petty (43), Dale Earnhardt (3), Jimmie Johnson (48), Jeff Gordon (24) and Dale Earnhardt Junior (8). The FIA did not explain what would happen to a number when a driver drops out of Formula 1 or whether certain particularly evocative numbers might be retired. (Reuters & Apex) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsVerstappen too young for F1 says TodtTodt says nine F1 teams sufficient for 2015 seasonHamilton: This one definitely feels sweeter than the firstDomenicali replaces Berger as FIA open-wheel bossHamilton collects 2014 Formula 1 champion’s trophyF1 drivers’ union GPDA backs Bianchi reportFIA release 2015 F1 calendar with 21 race datesDouble points scrapped as virtual safety car gets the nodFormula 1 introduces minimum age limit of 18Mosley ready to help F1 amid EU investigation Butterfly Is the FIA charging the drivers for the numbers? iBerrie Why don’t they just use the old numbering system. I want to see the legendary 27 – 28 back on a Ferrari F1! Tamburello_1994 Damon had his own number. Kidding aside, You can barely see the numbers to begin with. . . Seems pointless, But whatever. the fan im sure the bashers and haters will come in full force for whoever picks the Number “1” gilgen @the fan. Read the thread! McLarenfan I note that Damon Hill’s 0 is not available either. I bet there will be a charge for these numbers and what is the betting 69 is not on the list AUB Everyone should just take the mickey from this proposal and use their names in numbers like its on a phone 1-800-838835 (Vettel) Red Bull Cheats Mark Webber will want to take his #2 with him to Le Mans. jeff 13 works.