Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2013

FIA confirms 2014 entry list and driver numbers

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2013The FIA has published a provisional entry list for the 2014 season including details of which numbers drivers have chosen.

Sebastian Vettel will continue to use the number one as the reigning world champion this year, and has chosen five as his career number.

New team mate Daniel Ricciardo will use number three, which Pastor Maldonado had expressed a preference for. Maldonado, who moves to Lotus this year, will instead use 13, which FIA had previously not allocated to drivers.

The FIA has provisionally listed Max Chilton as the occupant of the second Marussia, although his place is yet to be confirmed by the team. Caterham is the only other team yet to announce any drivers for the coming season.

Chosen number Driver Team
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
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 TBA Caterham
TBA TBA Caterham

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  1. I see what you did there Pastor…

    1. Haha. Thought the same thing.


      I’m very happy Pastor chose number 13th, it was just plain stupid to be so superstitious about it.

      Also glad Vettel chose number 1 to race with next season because he deserved it :D

      1. @paeschli I wanted so bad someone to choose number 13. But from all the drivers from the field…
        Let’s be honest, Maldonado has a high chance of crashing at any moment, and the 13 will be doomed again to a “bad luck” number.

        On Vettel driving with number 1… it makes me a bit uncomfortable. Not that he doesn’t deserve it, but I feel like he is saying “I am the best!”. Come on, Seb! It would have also been cool if he won this fifth WDC with number 5.

        1. Then that should make you uncomfortable with anyone driving with 1 because whoever drives with 1 is saying that “I am the best” . This the whole point of keeping 1 open for the WDC is to say that “I am the best” .

          If you are uncomfortable with just Vettel driving with 1 then that is a different topic altogether !!!!

          1. Isnt no.1 his forever now?

          2. Nope. Whomever wins the championship each year can choose no.1 or their ‘default’ value.

            Interestingly, Vettel now can only pick 79 of the 99 numbers that were available (unless he got the chance to reserve a default one too).

          3. Doh! It says it in the article.
            In the words of the late Leslie Nielsen: “I realise that… now”

          4. @john-h Vettel has already chosen 5 as his “lifetime” number.

        2. I hope if they’re allowed custom graphics he draws the #1 in the shape of a finger, that would be priceless :D

        3. this is how coll Vettel realy is :D

          1. cool God damn it :)

        4. On Vettel driving with number 1… it makes me a bit uncomfortable. Not that he doesn’t deserve it, but I feel like he is saying “I am the best!”.

          Yeah, seriously!!! And any future champion who chose to go with #1 would just be on a huge ego trip, too — am I right? In fact, they should probably just completely eliminate #1 as a choice. We don’t need people going around flaunting their champion status and making others feel inadequate. :-(

          Actually, now that you mention it, what’s up with that HUGE trophy he accepts every year? Seriously, have some humility, Vettel.

      2. I think he choosed it because that number is asociated to 3 famous venezuelan baseball players. David Concepcion, Oswaldo Guillen and Omar Vizquel.

      3. Why do you consider it stupid to be supersticious about the number 13? Do you think that your refusal to acknowledge something (for instance the bad luck associated with the number 13) is a result of higher intelligence? Where I come from, a refusal to acknowledge something without any basis of fact is called bigotry.

      4. Why do you consider it stupid to be supersticious about the number 13? Do you think that your refusal to acknowledge something (for instance the bad luck associated with the number 13) is a result of higher intelligence? Where I come from, a refusal to acknowledge something without any basis of fact is called bigotry.

    3. As @paeschli says, kudos to Maldonado for ending the stupid, long lasting avoidance of the number 13.

      Also, it fits.

      I wonder which number Vettel actually chose,

      1. Doh… I had missed it :P

    4. Yeah, I’m really happy Pastor has broken the dogma around #13.

    5. 13 is a very common and succesful number for venezuelan baseball players.
      Here in Venezuela, 13 is a historic and very popular number.

    6. It would be funny if the drivers started saying “I was hit by some bad luck” in the post-retirement interview.

      1. trololol!

    7. David not Coulthard (@)
      11th January 2014, 4:54

      He crashes so often that even when he was having good luck he crashed.

      Perhaps he figured out that it meant that it’s bad luck not to crash. He’s trying not to crash, so…


      1. It astounded me that he got another drive this year, it astounded me that he could be so stupid on track and it astounds me that he would take the number 13, not because I am superstitious, but because almost every other driver in history has been.

        I have always despised this bloke, but this just made me laugh and question if his laborious interviews are just his weird sense of humour, this sure did make me laugh out loud :)

      2. I wonder why nobody’s chosen No 2?

  2. Big fan of Hulkenburg getting 27, very happy with that.
    Obviously Sutil just couldn’t be bothered so chose 99.
    13 for Maldonado makes me very happy, because it fits, but also there’s finally a 13 car.
    Bottas’s 77 is probably my favourite choice, just because it was chose solely on it being Bo77as.

    1. +1 for Bottas :)

    2. Couldn’t be bothered?

      1. @jackhider I mean, there’s obviously no meaning to it, he probably just decided 99 would be cool and that’s it. It’s not bad, and it’s not a problem, I just mean there doesn’t appear on the surface to be much thought into the decision, other than ‘ooo, 99’.

        1. I understand, it’s just you have no evidence to back up your opinion..

          1. @jackhider It’s just a statement, and it was sarcastic at that.

        2. You probably don’t watch MotoGP. Double world champion Jorge Lorenzo races under this number and it became pretty symbolic.

          1. I do watch MotoGP, but I don’t see how Lorenzo using 99 has any relation to Sutil.
            Plus, there’s the fact that Lorenzo is one of, if not the best currently in MotoGP, where as it’s questionable whether Sutil should still have a place in F1.

          2. Beat me to it @klaas, 99 is a cool number, it works for Lorenzo! @jackhider just talking out of his rear

          3. Sorry buddy @philereid you are just talking out of your rear now…

          4. I have never said anything against the use of the number 99, in fact I think it is pretty cool.. I watch MotoGP and know it’s use there. I was just stating that @philereid didn’t use any evidence to back up his statement. @pmccarthy_is_a_legend, honestly man, that is completely uncalled for.

          5. @pmccarthy_is_a_legend Why, because I have an opinion on something? Sutil, arguably, shouldn’t still be in F1 based on talent alone. There’s no need to be condescending just because you disagree with something.

          6. lol sorry buddy it wasn’t meant to you @jackhider, it was my mistake I apologise. My comment was actually meant for that dude @philereid who said Sutil couldn’t be bothered and chose 99 when any racing fan worth his salt knows that this is the very number used by Lorenzo in MotoGP!

          7. I understand that, but I really don’t think that would have been Sutil’s thought process, only that 99 was the largest number available, so he wanted it. That’s my opinion on it anyway.

        3. Maybe he liked Nena’s 99 luftballons…

          1. Wayne Gretzky fan, maybe?

        4. @philereid – I’m sure everyone has a reason for choosing the numbers they did (except Raikkonen), Sutil simply hasn’t discussed it. Nico Hulkenberg, Esteban Gutierrez, Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo have not discussed the reasons behind their number choices, either.

    3. Wrong. It was solely for Val77eri Bo77as.

      1. Sometimes, this site needs a “Like” button so badly it actually hurts me!!

      2. @mashiat I noticed this after I posted, and you’re right. Bottas even pointed it out himself!

    4. How do you know Sutil couldn’t be bothered? Maybe, for instance the year 1999 was the year his aunt’s brother-in-law’s cousin’s uncle’s next door neighbor’s son’s ate a cookie for the first time.

  3. Quite poetic that Williams get #19 and #77 seeing as 1977 was the first year a “Williams” F1 car appeared on an F1 grid

  4. Highly appropriate number for Crashtor….

  5. Great choise for Hulk ! (27)
    Also very nice to see Seb and Jenson chosing numbers they’ve won titles with.

    1. Ferrari will want him to get things in order

      1. So now we know that Hulk already has a Ferrari contract. :)

        1. Then Bianchi as well as it was his first choice I believe.

  6. Good job Pastor.

  7. I guess 5 for Vettel has to do with the “V” on his last name, so it looks good.

    1. Probably winning the championship with no.5 has got more to do with it…

      1. Or the number of championships he will have won by the end of the year? :P

        1. Or 5ebastian Vettel

          1. @paeschli @klaas First of all, that would be cocky. Secondly, he can win even more, and his number is permanent, so there’s no point changing the number because he is at that level.

          2. @hunocsi Not exactly, the 5 can´t not mean that he is sure he is going to win this year championship. But a good graphic designer could do wonders using the number as letter as @klaas points out

        2. You do know that he is using No. 1 this year and if he’s world champion for a fifth time, he will continue with No. 1 so the no. of titles has nothing to do with it.

          1. Again with the sensible comments against some of the conspiracy theorists. Maybe he’s just inspired by Nigel Mansell, the last driver to be associated with “Red 5”. On second thoughts, perhaps not!

    2. 5 was the number with which he won his first championship also with 5 wins in that season.
      His next title would be his 5th.
      He broke Mansell’s pole record in 2011 – the original “red 5” and the first record Vettel broke that didn’t need the “youngest” prefix.
      So far he drove 5 seasons with RB and his first car in the team was the RB5.
      And as you say, all merchandise with the name Vettel on it can be re-used by just saying the V is a 5.

      So there are plenty of reasons why he might have chosen it :)

      1. Nice information, and I like the number too

    3. Or maybe 5ebastian, @omarr-pepper?

    4. David not Coulthard (@)
      11th January 2014, 5:07

      …I’ve always thought of Vettel as Mr.#15 (or 1), not 5. But I guess he took the championship with it, so very well.

  8. Are kimi and grosjean so boring that they can’t change numbers from last year? But seriously, how is kimi not 69?

    1. I think that Grosjean’s choice of No. 8 reflects the fact that he originally used No. 8 when he first drove for Renault in 2009 – it just so happens that, by coincidence, he had the same number in 2013 that he had in 2009.

      1. That’s pretty cool, thanks. I like both drivers and found it rather funny

    2. Brilliant mate! XD

    3. Kimi confirmed on the official Ferrari website he was too lazy to pick a new number :)

      1. Kimi won his first title with a #7 Ferrari. Don’t know if he choose it on purpose

    4. Kimi’s got the best number he will probably get ferrari to put it on the car 4 times like this 7777 then he’ll be able to drive at lightspeed and probably win the championship by a billion points. Ferrari will still manage to loose the constructors though.

  9. First impressions:
    – Nobody wants to be driver #2
    – Vettel # 5 Red bull = Red Five
    – Valtieri Bo77as
    – Hulk #27, future Ferrari ride?
    – Toro Rosso’s only team with consecutive numbers
    – Gutierrez’ grid position
    – Maldonado makes his own luck

    1. @celler

      – Toro Rosso’s only team with consecutive numbers

      In the meantime RAI and GRO seems to have kept those numbers too, despite team change :)

    2. Ferrari are not going to take Hulkenberg based on his number.

      1. They might if he gets #1

    3. Too right about Gutierrez and Maldonado there!!

  10. i asked for 7,27 and 77. We will see what i will get …

    Unlucky, Jules. 27 was nabbed by an even more nailed-on future Ferrari driver! Really pleased to see it go to Hülkenberg.

    1. So poor Jules eventually got none of his first three choices…

      1. That was brilliant ^^

    2. But he got a prime number. Those are better =)

    3. “an even more nailed-on future Ferrari driver” What..?

      Bianchi is already signed by Ferrari. It’s pretty much certain that he’ll have one of their race seats in the future, the same can’t be said about Hulkenberg. Remember, everyone thought Perez would end up at Ferrari…

      1. Perez was signed by Ferrari in the same way Bianchi is.

        No certainties for either of them.

    4. And none of them went for 28 (But Jules seemed determined to have a 7).. Nico is aiming for Ferrari with that number.. 28 for a FDA graduate ? (Marciello or Fuoco)

    5. @bullfrog – Really? Ferrari have passed Hulkenberg over twice now …

  11. Hamilton obviously not looking to have many Chinese fans – 4 in Chinese language sounds like the word for death and therefore considered very unlucky. So for about a quarter of the world’s population he has chosen a number that mean “double death”.

    1. If you dig a bit deeper into that you would realize that Alonso’s 14 is even worse. In the case of combining 1 and 4, the 1 comes out as “guaranteed” so Alonso’s number strictly means “guaranteed death”.

      However, it is not so easy to avoid all the Chinese unlucky numbers of: 1, 4, 5, 7, 13 (because 1+3=4) and very worst: 14. Also generally odd numbers are considered unlucky.

      1. Fernando s number will be fine, he doesn’t have any fans in china anyway

    2. Oleg (@aleajactaest)
      10th January 2014, 19:59

      So what? There are too many stupid superstitions in this world to care about.
      It sucks that Pastor chose #13, because he will probably crash into everyone again and there will be idiots blaming the number.

    3. Hamiltons literaly means his name $$ 44

    4. David not Coulthard (@)
      11th January 2014, 5:20

      So for about a quarter of the world’s population he has chosen a number that mean “double death”.

      Most of which not really of F1 (I think)?

  12. Praying Kobayashi grabs a Caterham seat. Caterham have been reported saying they would enjoy an ‘experienced driver’ for one of their seats, suggesting either Kovalinen and Kobayashi realistically

    A confident, agile driver who I’d really love to see back in the sport.

    1. I think Caterham are milking that rumour for all it’s worth, myself.

      1. Maybe I’m missing something but what would be the advantage of that? Wouldn’t it be a huge let down if they proceeding to hire an unfavorable rookie?

  13. Maldonado has a brilliant excuse to fall back on for every incident now! What a brilliant choice by him though.
    Bottas’ pick is also one of my favourites: Val77eri Bo77as.
    Hamilton’s is another one, which is a coincidence: I always liked 44 on a football shirt and my email contains 44.
    Hulkenberg with 27 seems to be the stand-out pick.
    Poor Bianchi though, having to settle for his 4th pick.

    1. The other day @tifoso1989 commented how lucky he felt when Alonso picked 14 (my friend’s birthday) and you mention your mail, well… happy ’cause my mail also contained a 5 since the dawn of the human race :P

      1. We have a sixth sense. ;)

  14. Good pick by Jenson Button – 22, his driver number in 2009 when he drove for Brawn and became world champion

    1. @dodge5847 Ah, good pickup, I wouldn’t have picked up on that myself.

      1. love the sacasm, lol

  15. Well at least someone went for 17! Go Bianchi!

  16. A lot of “low” common number in F1 is on the list. If it was me, I’d pick a high one like Hamilton, Bottas and Sutil did – repeating numbers.

    Come on, Pastor!
    Is that your first choice? Anyway, that’s bold. Especially from you.

  17. Don’t know about you but on reading Maldonado choosing #13, I had a short burst of laughter.

  18. Almost a third of all the numbers are in the 20’s…

  19. – Nobody picked #2. Fair enough actually
    – Fantastic choice by Pastor
    – #11 for Perez. Does that have anything to do with his many P11 finishes?
    – Torro Rosso with consecutive numbers. Is this a coincidence or just another PR bs by Red Bull?
    – VAL77ERI BO77AS!!!

    1. Yeah everybody thought it will be nice to respect Mark Webber´s career number :D ;)

      1. Yes, he said so himself: not bad for a #2 driver!

    2. @nickf12013 – Vergne appears to have chosen a number that is important to him. Why, I don’t know.

      Kvyat, meanwhile, has chosen a number with no meaning whatsoever. He has said that he did not want to rely on past success, and instead wants to build up his own meaning around his new number in the future.

      1. @prisoner-monkeys: Vergne used to pay tribute to fellow French drivers by using special livery helmets. I remember a Francois Cevert and a Jean Alesi one. As car number 25 and 26 used to belong traditionally to the Ligier team, maybe is this a kind of a tribute to the French F1 history as well?

    3. JEV’s three choices were 25, 21 and 27. Had someone in front him chosen 25, he’d have gotten 21. He had no idea who chose which numbers back then. So how can it be PR BS?

  20. Oh. Alonso’s taken my favourite number…

    1. @magnificent-geoffrey, what are your two other choices? You might be luckier than Jules ;)

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