Vettel explains reason for picking number 5

Sebastian Vettel will be number one in 2014

Sebastian Vettel will be number one in 2014

Quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel has explained the reasoning behind picking the number 5 for the rest of his Formula 1 career.

As reigning World Champion, the Red Bull driver will – for the fourth consecutive time – carry the coveted number 1, in 2014.

But if he fails to win a fifth title this season, Vettel has chosen to revert to the number 5 for 2015 and beyond.

“I chose it because I was so successful in karts in 2001 with the number 5,” the German told Sport Bild, “and I had it in 2010 when I became World Champion for the first time.

“Also, several other drivers have taken number 5 to the title,” Vettel, a keen student of Formula 1 history, added, “like Michael Schumacher and Nigel Mansell.”

Sport Bild explained, however, that Vettel had already selected his number prior to Schumacher’s skiing fall, – it cannot be regarded as a specific tribute.

Late last year, the FIA invited drivers to make their choices from 2 to 99, and Vettel’s countryman Adrian Sutil opted for the latter.

“The explanation is very simple,” Sutil explained. “In my life, everything should be the maximum.” (GMM)

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  • Jackal

    Is the number 13 still reserved like it was last year and all the years since 1994?

  • Eevel

    No, Maldonado has 13.

  • O’Ferrari

    Cool….. I like this.

  • ninjamonk

    I also believe that the number 5 is the most successful number after 1 in F1 history.

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  • ninjamonk

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