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. 7, 17, 27 – not a numerologist, but appreciate the synchronicity.

    13 – ouch, but somewhat fitting.

  2. I wonder if Sutil is hoping for a commercial tie-up in Britain with a well known ice-cream over the summer months? ;)

    1. Would have made more sense for Kimi to pick 99 in that case :-)

      1. That’s true.

  3. Numbers reflect personality :
    vettlel 1(obvious)

    Pastor Maldonado 13 (Hilarious)

  4. I have gained some respect for Maldonado, purely for having the stones to go against convention and take #13.

  5. Some good choices there, Bo77as is the stand out one along with Hulk getting the #27 of course and nice to see how many drivers got the numbers they wanted. Some may not be “interesting” to us but mean something to them (eg Hamilton/Rosberg/Alonso). Hope Bianchi isn’t too miffed though… I wonder if 17 means something to him?

    Now let’s just they’re nice & big on the cars!

    1. @tayoma I think Bianchi’s first three choices were 7, 27 and 77. So he only got his 4th choice! But he likes 7 I suppose.

    2. @tayoma Ah, just realised you probably meant that anyway.

      1. @enigma Well sort of… As you said, I guess 7 must be his lucky number. I wonder if he’s carried 17 before? Or if there’s any reason he picked that 4th instead of 70 or something?

  6. Does 13 have the same connotation in Venezuela as it does seemingly everywhere else? I assume yes, but it’d be nice to have confirmation from someone who knows what he’s talking about.

    What is the significance of 27?

    1. It’s a number that was used by Ferrari for many years. A lot of people associate it with Gilles Villeneuve but as Keith tweeted earlier he actually used 12 more. Ayrton Senna also took that number to the world title in 1990.

      1. Also of course, don’t forget Jean Alesi used it for most of his Ferrari career.

    2. Yes, 13 does have the same connotation in Venezuela. But, for sports, the number 13 is a very historic and succesful number. Mostly in Baseball.
      So, for us it is a common and good choice, not an unlucky number.

      1. @luigismen Thanks that’s very interesting. I wish this info featured more prominently in the article.

    3. I Think number 13 has the same meaning in many countries, representing bad luck. But here in Venezuela, the number 13 has been used successfully by many baseball players in Mayor League Baseball, all of them playing Short-Stop (Baseball is the most popular sport in Venezuela). Luis Aparicio (Hall of fame), David Concepcion (5 golden gloves, Member of the best team of Cincinnati Reds), Ozzie Guillen (golden glove and World Series Champion as manager) and Omar Vizquel (11 golden gloves and future Hall of Fame), all of them used number 13 in MLB. Maybe Pastor wants to be some kind of F1 Daredevil, but taking 13 for sure represents some of the glory of these venezuelan sportsmen, maybe the most successful in our country in terms of achievements.

      1. wasn’t Aparicio’s number the 11?. Concenciopn was the one who used the 13 number first.

  7. I thought Seb would take 23 after Michael Jordan )))

  8. Nobody taking 0? Or was it not an option?

    1. The numbers available were between 2 and 99.

    2. David not Coulthard (@)
      11th January 2014, 5:28

      pi and e?

  9. I’m surprised nobody has chosen 4, 10 or 12 really…

  10. Michael Brown (@)
    10th January 2014, 19:40

    I wonder if Codemasters will allow players to pick their own numbers in F1 2014?

    Nah, too much work.

    1. Nah, too much work.

      Sums up codemasters attention to detail I think.

    2. +1.
      CM: Why People choose the Numbers its stupid to ask them

  11. Will cars still be arranged in numerical order if they don’t set a time? If so surprised no-one went for 2, since that would guarantee them to start ahead of anyone except Vettel if they didn’t set a time. Sutil was a bit stupid!

    I think that was why Schumacher always insisted on having the odd number (which also happened to be the lower number) at Mercedes, it meant he started ahead of Rosberg when they didn’t go out in Q3, which was quite often, and just made of his “superstition” as an excuse to stop Rosberg clocking on. Cunning devil, Schumi!

    1. @racer The rules have been adjusted accordingly, apparently they will now use free practice times if that is the case, which makes sense I suppose.

      1. Ah that’s good. :D

  12. I’m just happy nobody choose mine

    1. @João +1. You’re still in good shape for when you join the grid!

  13. I really hope it’s just a coincidence that the Toro Rosso drivers went for consecutive numbers, and that there wasn’t any influence from the team to make sure that they chose numbers next to each other.

    Still disappointed Kevin didn’t go for Magnu55en too.

    1. @dave-m Kevin went for 20 because he raced with it last season. Worked out well for him, he won.
      Jenson has gone for 22 for a similar reason… Last time he raced with that number, he won!

  14. The last two weeks I`ve followed all the sad news about the situation with MSC… And when I saw this article, I started to think: If Michael was still driving in F1 and would have to choose his lucky number, which number would he choose? Maybe number 7 because of his seven titles? But while Raikkonen have chosen 7, he would probably chose one another odd number…maybe 91? What do you think?

  15. I have a hunch as to why Ricciardo chose #3:

    Dale Earnhardt Sr..

    1. Haha nice one ;)

  16. I quite like this idea, happy that Hulkenberg got 27, hopefully it’s an omen for a red drive in the future! Of course the only number that matters in that the world champion gets No1, I hope all world champions maintain that tradition, it’s the only one that matters. The amount of numbers in the 20s is interesting, and the only numbers that are above the normal range and all doubles: 44, 77, 99, weird…

  17. Vettel chose 1. Shocker

    1. No he didn’t. He chose no.5, but races with no.1 because he’s the Champion.

    2. I love how people are annoyed that Vettel went with the number that’s reserved for the world champion. You know, because I’m sure no other world champion would do that. Only Vettel.

      1. @aka_robyn Stop making it hard for Vettel detractors, they got nothing going for them for 4 years

    3. @todfod Proving he doesn’t read the whole of an article before commenting. Again.

  18. I cant be the only person that doesn’t give a hoot about numbers, can I? If anything the numbers are less interesting now as other than #1 they have no meaning.

    1. Except they have much more meaning now, because they have a meaning to the driver. All they used to mean was where the teams finished. Now they have a much more personal representation to the drivers and subsequently to the fans.

    2. @george I sort of agree. I didn’t see a problem with the old system and while the new numbers are exciting I would have liked to see an IndyCar style system more.

      Hopefully the numbers aren’t too big so that they look as horrible as NASCAR.

      1. @blockwall2 – NASCAR numbers are that size so that you can tell which car is which, even when you are at one end of an oval circuit and the caris at the other end.

        The FIA wants larger car numbers so that the cars can be identified easily. The rules only state that teams must put their numbers on their cars, but there are no rules about where they must go or how big they must be. As a result, teams have put them in bizarre places before. The vertical fins forward of the sidepods has always been popular, but Caterham once put them under the exhaust outlet, and Force India put them on the front wing, directly under the nose and between the two uprights that attach the wing to the rest of the car.

        It’s believed that the FIA want visible numbers on the rear wing endplates, but the teams would oppose this because it eats into sponsor space. Hopefully they will see the benefit of personalised numbers and make them more visible.

  19. Will the 99 be available to new drivers after the 2014 season?

    1. It depends if Sutil is still driving. It’s a bit premature to assume he will retire or be dumped, considering that he would happily drive a wheelie bin if it meant staying in the sport.

  20. I’ll get used to this, but as I was telling some of my non-fanatical friends Alonso was starting with number 14 next season, they replied with ‘did Ferrari do that bad in the constructor’s?’. The rundown from Maldonado to Hulkenberg is going to be confusing for them the first few races.

    I do hope the FIA lists the driversnumbers as in the article, it’d only get more confusing with entry lists being VET – RIC – ROS – RAI – GRO – PER – MAL – ALO – BIA – MAS – MAG – GUT – BUT – VER – KVY – HUL – HAM – VAL – SUT.

    It would have worked out if Button got 2, Grosjean 3 and Perez 4, though.

    1. That would have been a thing of beauty…

      Maybe I’m not the only one who sits trying to make words out of consecutive abbreviations on the side of the screen during boring spots in qualifying…

    2. I see what you did there: you Sir, have both my respect and too much time on your hands!

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