FIA confirms 2014 entry list and driver numbers

2014 F1 season

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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198 comments on FIA confirms 2014 entry list and driver numbers

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  1. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 10th January 2014, 18:11

    I see what you did there Pastor…

    • Haha. Thought the same thing.

    • Patrick (@paeschli) said on 10th January 2014, 19:13

      http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2008/01/09/your-questions-f1-and-the-number-13/

      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

      • Beto (@chebeto) said on 10th January 2014, 19:52

        @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.

        • tmax (@tmax) said on 10th January 2014, 20:05

          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 !!!!

        • George (@george) said on 10th January 2014, 20:33

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

        • nidzovski (@nidzovski) said on 10th January 2014, 23:16

          this is how coll Vettel realy is :D
          http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JGItMTxvbpc

        • aka_robyn said on 11th January 2014, 0:39

          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.

      • Monosodico (@monosodico) said on 11th January 2014, 14:16

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

      • Marciare_o_Marcire (@marciare-o-marcire) said on 12th January 2014, 16:51

        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.

      • Marciare_o_Marcire (@marciare-o-marcire) said on 12th January 2014, 16:51

        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.

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 10th January 2014, 19:28

      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,

    • Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 10th January 2014, 19:42

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

    • luigismen (@luigismen) said on 10th January 2014, 22:22

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

    • DavidS (@davids) said on 11th January 2014, 4:16

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

    • David not Coulthard (@) said on 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…

      :p

      • c.t.g said on 11th January 2014, 9:08

        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 :)

      • Gdon (@gdon) said on 11th January 2014, 10:07

        I wonder why nobody’s chosen No 2?

  2. PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 10th January 2014, 18:13

    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.

  3. Ryan Williams (@ryanwilliams) said on 10th January 2014, 18:14

    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. Alec (@vonhoff) said on 10th January 2014, 18:15

    Highly appropriate number for Crashtor….

  5. Philippe (@philippe) said on 10th January 2014, 18:18

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

  6. xivizmath (@xivizmath) said on 10th January 2014, 18:18

    Good job Pastor.

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

  8. Swindle94 said on 10th January 2014, 18:25

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

    • 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.

    • Brilliant mate! XD

    • Patrick (@paeschli) said on 10th January 2014, 22:07

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

    • Wozniyak said on 11th January 2014, 0:53

      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. celler (@celler) said on 10th January 2014, 18:27

    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

  10. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 10th January 2014, 18:28

    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 HĂĽlkenberg.

  11. marcus (@wombat1m) said on 10th January 2014, 18:34

    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”.

    • 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.

    • Oleg (@aleajactaest) said on 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.

    • Wozniyak said on 11th January 2014, 0:57

      Hamiltons literaly means his name $$ 44

    • David not Coulthard (@) said on 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. Paul (@frankjaeger) said on 10th January 2014, 18:37

    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.

  13. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 10th January 2014, 18:38

    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.

  14. dodge5847 (@dodge5847) said on 10th January 2014, 18:40

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

  15. Master firelee (@master-firelee) said on 10th January 2014, 18:42

    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. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 10th January 2014, 18:46

    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. NickF12013 (@nickf12013) said on 10th January 2014, 18:49

    – 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!!!

    • celeste (@celeste) said on 10th January 2014, 20:24

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

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 10th January 2014, 21:18

      @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.

      • AndrewT (@andrewt) said on 11th January 2014, 17:28

        @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?

    • Shena (@shena) said on 11th January 2014, 4:50

      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. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 10th January 2014, 18:50

    Oh. Alonso’s taken my favourite number…

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