Champion Vettel to race number 5 in F1 career (Update)

UPDATE (GMM) F1's governing body on Friday revealed the race numbers drivers on the 2014 grid have picked for the rest of their grand prix careers.

World champion Sebastian Vettel will carry the coveted number 1 for the fourth consecutive season, but he has selected 5 – made famous by Nigel Mansell's 'red 5' and Mario Andretti's John Player Lotus Black and Gold 5 – for the remainder of his time in formula one.

Many of the race numbers had already been divulged by drivers through their social media pages or via the media, but curiously Lotus' Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado has plumped for 13 — considered unlucky by many and not seen in F1 for years.

Also curiously, the FIA marked Lotus' entire place on the 2014 entry list as "subject to confirmation", just days after the Enstone based team said it will be sitting out the opening test of the pre-season late this month.

McLaren's Jenson Button will carry number 22, resembling "two little ducks", as he did in 2009 when he won the title with Brawn GP.

"Quack quack!" he told his 1.6 million Twitter followers.

Nico Hulkenberg has secured F1's iconic number 27, while Adrian Sutil will carry 99 on his car and helmet.

Like Lotus, Marussia's place on the 2014 is "subject to confirmation", as is Max Chilton's race number.

Chosen No. Driver’s Name Team Name of the Engine
1 * Sebastian VETTEL (DEU) Red Bull Racing Renault
3 Daniel RICCIARDO (AUS) Red Bull Racing Renault
44 Lewis HAMILTON (GBR) Mercedes Mercedes
6 Nico ROSBERG (DEU) Mercedes Mercedes
14 Fernando ALONSO (ESP) Ferrari Ferrari
7 Kimi RAIKKONEN (FIN) Ferrari Ferrari
8 Romain GROSJEAN (FRA) Lotus Renault
13 Pastor MALDONADO (VEN) Lotus Renault
22 Jenson BUTTON (GBR) McLaren Mercedes
20 Kevin MAGNUSSEN (DEN) McLaren Mercedes
27 Nico HULKENBERG (DEU) Force India Mercedes
11 Sergio PEREZ MENDOZA (MEX) Force India Mercedes
99 Adrian SUTIL (DEU) Sauber Ferrari
21 Esteban GUTIERREZ (MEX) Sauber Ferrari
25 Jean-Eric VERGNE (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault
26 Daniil KVYAT (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault
19 Felipe MASSA (BRA) Williams Mercedes
77 Valtteri BOTTAS (FIN) Williams Mercedes
17 Jules BIANCHI (FRA) Marussia Ferrari
TBA Max CHILTON (GBR) Marussia Ferrari
TBA TBA Caterham Renault
TBA TBA Caterham Renault

* For the duration of his F1 career, Sebastian Vettel chose N°5

** Subject to confirmation

01/10/14 One of the many changes going into 2014 is that Formula One drivers will be picking a number for the duration of their career, rather than going according to the previous year’s Constructor’s Championship.

The FIA has published a full list on Friday, confirming a few new picks in addition to the ones drivers have already revealed themselves via social media.

Of note, four-time defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel has picked No. 5 (the number he won his first title with, in 2010) for years he isn’t carrying the No. 1 as defending champion.

Max Chilton, interestingly, is also on the published list of drivers for Marussia, but the Briton has not yet been confirmed by the team to race for a second season.

Here’s the breakdown by team:

Team Driver 1 Driver2
Red Bull 1-Sebastian Vettel 3-Daniel Ricciardo
Mercedes 6-Nico Rosberg 44-Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari 7-Kimi Raikkonen 14-Fernando Alonso
Lotus 8-Romain Grosjean 13-Pastor Maldonado
McLaren 20-Kevin Magnussen 22-Jenson Button
Force India 11-Sergio Perez 27-Nico Hulkenberg
Sauber 21-Esteban Gutierrez 99-Adrian Sutil
Williams 19-Felipe Massa 77-Valtteri Bottas
Marussia 17-Jules Bianchi TBA-Max Chilton
Caterham TBA Ride-Buyer 1 TBA Ridebuyer 2

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