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

  1. Racer (@racer) said on 10th January 2014, 19:52

    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!

  2. I’m just happy nobody choose mine

  3. 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.

  4. krtekf1 (@krtekf1) said on 10th January 2014, 20:32

    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?

  5. Adam Blocker (@blockwall2) said on 10th January 2014, 20:33

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

    Dale Earnhardt Sr..

  6. Jack (@jmc200) said on 10th January 2014, 20:33

    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…

  7. Todfod (@todfod) said on 10th January 2014, 20:38

    Vettel chose 1. Shocker

  8. George (@george) said on 10th January 2014, 20:40

    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.

    • Jarred Walmsley (@jarred-walmsley) said on 10th January 2014, 20:44

      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.

    • Adam Blocker (@blockwall2) said on 10th January 2014, 20:44

      @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.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 10th January 2014, 23:36

        @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.

  9. zomtec (@zomtec) said on 10th January 2014, 20:44

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

  10. Nick (@npf1) said on 10th January 2014, 20:44

    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.

    • 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…

    • David (@nvherman) said on 11th January 2014, 7:29

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

  11. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 10th January 2014, 21:00

    Pablo Elizalde ‏@EliGP 6m
    Raikkonen is super excited about his number: “It’s the number I already had last year and I saw no reason to change it.”

  12. Barney said on 10th January 2014, 22:40

    No one chose 69 ?

  13. [6] Nico Rosberg inherited his father Keke’s 1982 championship number, which Keke held in ’82, ’84, ’85.

    [13] Maldonado choosing to break the superstition, this number has only been involved 3 times in Formula 1 so far.
    Mauritz von Strachwitz was entered into 1953 German GP but did not show up. It was his only involvement with F1. Moises Solana raced his first race in a car no. 13 in the 1963 Mexican GP, classifying 11th with expired engine 7 laps down. Also in her first F1 entry; Davina Galica entered the 1976 British GP in a car no. 13, but had a DNQ.

    Vettel and Button choosing their (first) championship car numbers, [5] and [22].

  14. Dan Vary said on 10th January 2014, 23:11

    Seems Lewis choice of #44 could be due him racing with that number in his karting days.

  15. Kazihno (@kazinho) said on 10th January 2014, 23:28

    Two observations:

    Maldonado should have chosen 10: 10 place grid penalty, 10 second stop-go penalty…

    Alonso’s number is 2x Kimi’s number because Alonso always doubled Massa’s points tally.

    Zero wasn’t offered as an option? That’s disappointing. Or are they reserving it for a Hill family member to revive in the future?

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