FIA releases 2014 F1 Championship entry list and permanent driver numbers 10 January, 2014 Quadruple Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel has gone for number five, the German choosing to have that numeral on his car when he is eventually deposed as number one. Under new regulations for 2014, Formula One drivers will have permanent racing numbers to be used throughout their careers from now on and can choose any from two to 99. The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) published the official list with some surprises among the selections. Vettel, who will have the number one on his Red Bull this season, opted for the number that many fans associate with Britain’s 1992 champion Nigel Mansell who was often referred to as ‘Red Five’. Nigel Mansell made red 5 famous Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado opted to have 13, a number considered unlucky in many countries but lucky in others, on his Lotus. Traditionally the number 13 has not been used. McLaren’s Jenson Button chose to roll back the years and race with the number 22 that he used in his 2009 title-winning campaign. “Two little ducks,” the 33-year-old Briton, who won his Formula 1 Championship with the Brawn GP team that is now called Mercedes, had told his 1.6 million Twitter followers earlier. “Quack quack”. “#Jenson22 Great memories, looking forward to making a few more,” he added. In British bingo halls numbers are called out using nicknames, with 22 sometimes referred to as two little ducks or quack quack. Gilles Villeneuve in the number 27 Ferrari The question of what number drivers will choose has intrigued F1 fans aware of the evocative past behind some of them. The late Canadian Gilles Villeneuve, one of Ferrari’s greatest heroes, remains closely identified with number 27 which was also used at times by the late Brazilian triple champion Ayrton Senna. Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg will carry the historic numerals. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso requested 14, which he explained last month has been his lucky number since 1996 when at the age of 14 he won a karting title with 14 on his car on July 14. “Let’s see if it’s lucky for me again,” he told reporters in Madrid. The Spaniard is also a fan of the Real Madrid soccer club, whose Spain international midfielder Xabi Alonso plays with the number 14 shirt. Number 14 on Fernando Alonso’s junior kart Alonso’s new Finnish team mate, and 2007 World Champion, Kimi Raikkonen has opted for seven while 2008 Champion Lewis Hamilton took 44. Germany’s Adrian Sutil, who has joined Sauber from Force India, chose 99. Daniel Ricciardo, who has joined Vettel at Red Bull, will race as number three. Previously, the smiling Australian would have had to have the number two on his car as the champion’s team mate – a status very few racing drivers willingly accept – and none chose. The FIA entry list in full with drivers’ permanent numbers: 1 Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull (will carry number 5 when he is not Champion) 3 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull 44 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 6 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes 14 Fernando Alonso, Ferrari 7 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 8 Romain Grosjean, Lotus 13 Pastor Maldonado, Lotus 22 Jenson Button, McLaren 20 Kevin Magnussen, McLaren 27 Nico Hulkenberg, Force India 11 Sergio Perez, Force India 99 Adrian Sutil, Sauber 21 Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber 25 Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso 26 Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso 19 Felipe Massa, Williams 77 Valtteri Bottas, Williams 17 Jules Bianchi, Marussia TBA Max Chilton, Marussia TBA, Caterham TBA, Caterham Subbed by AJN.