One thing struck me when looking at the cars numbered 1 to 9 this season:
I think these nine single-digit cars also the nine best drivers in F1 right now.
What do you think?
In the past, car numbers have only loosely correlated with driver talent. There is no better example of this that Hamilton and Button both winning the championship in car #22.
I know some people would say maybe Kovalainen is better than Massa. Or that perhaps di Resta or Perez should be up there. However, I think the top 9 is pretty much exactly the top 9 in terms of talent (although in no particular order).
I appreciate there are good arguments for changing the numbering system, perhaps to give drivers their own unique number (e.g. Rossi 46) or reserve specific pairs for each team (e.g. Ferrari 27/28).
However, under the present system, I think this is the best outcome we could hope for!
I know some people won’t find this level of detail interesting. But for the perfectionists out there this is a nice outcome.