Driver number selection process under way

By on Saturday, December 14, 2013
Williams F1 Team

Williams F1 Team

The process to assign driver numbers ahead of the 2014 season is under way, after several drivers revealed which numbers they have chosen.

Under new sporting regulations, drivers are allowed to choose a number between 2 and 99, which will remain with them for the remainder of their careers.

Drivers select their number in 2013 championship order, meaning that Sebastian Vettel has first choice, followed by Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

The reigning world champion, in this instance Vettel, has the right to use the #1, as well as picking a number to use in reserve.

Nico Rosberg has revealed that he has chosen #6, with #5 and #9 his reserve options.

Felipe Massa - who will race for Williams next season - has opted to use #19. His team-mate Valtteri Bottas revealed that he had chosen #77 as his first preference.

Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne listed #25, #21 and #27 as his options, while Force India's Sergio Perez intimated that he would like to race with #11.

The amended sporting regulations - released this week - stated that the number must be visible on the front of the car, as well as on the driver's helmet.

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