Formula 1 newcomer Nicholas Latifi will take over the number six last used by Nico Rosberg when he makes debut in the series this year.Keke Rosberg,who took it to the championship in 1982.
The Torontonian chose to race with number six because of its links to his Canadian home city.
“Toronto is widely referred to as ‘The 6’, which is partly down to Drake, who’s also from Toronto,” Latifi explained in a post on his official website.”He mentions the name in one of his early songs, and one of his albums was originally called ‘Views from the 6’.
“Other 6 links are that Toronto was one divided into six districts, and that the two telephone area codes for Toronto start or finish with a six.
“For all these reasons the name has just stuck,” he added. “Anyone who’s from North America knows what ‘the six’ is – especially if they listen to Drake.”
Rosberg’s six has become available for selection as drivers’ career numbers are reserved for their up to two years after leaving the championship.
Latifi previously raced with the number six his 2016 GP2 campaign, and again in 2018 and 2019 when the category had become Formula 2. “That was more by chance, as DAMS was given five and six because of the finishing positions in the championship. But as soon as we had those numbers, I knew immediately which one I wanted!”
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