Which numbers would you give the drivers and why?
The proposal for them to choose their own number is back again – sounds like there are meetings next week, in one (or more) of those FIA councils, strategy groups, sub-committees, working groups or task forces.
I guess there’ll be a few birth years like Marc Marquez’s 93 (good, it’ll use up some numbers in the 80s and 90s), plus home départements or zip codes, number of their first kart, and birthdays of wives, kids or dogs. I’d also suggest:
Vettel – he’s number 1 for the foreseeable future, but I’d give him 13, to bring him some bad luck and give the others a chance.
Alonso – just about deserves to carry the fabled 27, for the way he drove last year and early this year.
Massa – 28 because he was Ferrari’s number two for so long.
Hamilton – probably wants a “Senna number” to go with his latest green & yellow helmet and God-bothering. I’d give him a red 5 because he’s more like Mansell – spectacular in the car but hard work and a drama queen out of it.
Magnussen – 7 or 11 because it rhymes with Kevin.
Number 2 was perfect for Mark Webber, but not sure who’d get it now.
Any other ideas?