Now, it could just be that they used any old picture, but maybe he has chosen #15. After all, it was the number that he used when he scored his first win, and he has used other numbers between 2 and 99 – #5 in 2010 – since then.
Or maybe I am just bored and reading too much into things again.
The number 13 is available. The FIA never ruled its use out. Whether or not it gets used is another matter entirely, although Antonio Felix da Costa took to Twitter almost as soon as personal numbers were announced and declared his interest in it.
Vettel would be required to pick a number wouldn’t he, regardless of whether he runs it this year or not, as these numbers are supposed to run the for the duration of his career aren’t they? Just incase he doesn’t win every championship for the remainder of his career… He would get first pick too wouldn’t he, so he will get the number he chooses I’m guessing?
@atticus-2 Fair enough, I clicked a few pages back and couldn’t spot it at the time. Given how much I post in this thread, I probably saw it at some point and have subsequently forgotten it.
I like 15 for Vettel, in that it has that F1 meaning given he won his first race with it. 15 Vettel being right behind 14 Alonso is also very apt. 2 Hamilton would be too ironic, so he’s best served by 44. I wonder if anyone has any eyes on 4, 5, 9, 10 or 12.. 2 could also be ironically left vacant for Webber as a tribute. We haven’t heard from Button yet, while we have most of the established drivers linked with something.
I was told recently that 77 is lucky in Jewish as it means ‘mazel tov’, or ‘good luck’. Sounds like I was being trolled.. on the other hand, Bottas could have a new fan-base market soon…
@ajokay – I’m pretty sure test drivers will get their own numbers as well. Antonio Felix da Costa and Carlos Sainz Jnr. both posted the numbers they wanted on Twitter, and the FIA need some way of distinguishing the FP1 drivers on timing sheets.