[raceweekendpromotion]Max Verstappen will leap at the opportunity to carry the number one on his Formula 1 car if he wins the world championship this year.
As a result, no driver has raced with the number one on their car since 2014, when reigning champion Sebastian Vettel had it.
Lewis Hamilton has been entitled to use it for several seasons during that time, but has preferred to stick with his usual number 44 instead. He has occasionally had an additional number one added to his car at practice sessions for the final race of the season.
However when asked by RaceFans today Verstappen made it clear he will swap his usual number 33 for number one if he gets the chance.
“Absolutely,” he said. “How many times to you have the opportunity to drive with number one?
“And it’s good for merchandise as well so it’s smart to do that.”
Verstappen leads the championship by 19 points with four races remaining but pointed out he cannot take anything for granted at this stage.
“In four races a lot of things can happen,” he said. “We are looking good but things can change very quickly. I said it after the race in Mexico, I’ve had a bigger lead already in the championship and that disappeared within two races.
“So we have to again try to do the best we can here and again after this weekend we’ll try again to try and win the race. My approach every weekend is the same, we will not change it.”
He insisted he isn’t allowing himself to consider the possibility of winning the world championship yet. “It’s very simple, to be honest, if you don’t think about it, you don’t have any dreams or whatever. So I’m just really focused.”
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