Who’s choosing what? – driver numbers 2014
Tagged: Sergio Perez
- 14th January 2014, 23:16 at 11:16 pm #247414Force MaikelParticipant
In case some of you were still not 100% sure Chilton will get #4, the FIA have added that number to his name on the entry list. That’s the best source you can possibly have.21st January 2014, 12:18 at 12:18 pm #247415Prisoner MonkeysParticipant
Now that the grid is complete, we just need to wait on Ericsson and Kobayashi to pick their numbers.
I have no idea what either driver may choose, but I have heard #9 suggested for Kobayashi.21st January 2014, 13:08 at 1:08 pm #247416andae23Participant
I hope Kobayashi chooses 71, the number with which he did Le Mans last year :)21st January 2014, 13:24 at 1:24 pm #247417Deej92Participant
Apparently he’s gone for 10 and Ericsson’s gone for 9.21st January 2014, 13:26 at 1:26 pm #247418andae23Participant
Ah never mind:
Lots from Caterham in Notebook tonight, 8pm, #skyf1. Kobayashi will be car number 10 (his number in debut with Toyota) and Ericsson 9.21st January 2014, 14:00 at 2:00 pm #247419R.J. O’ConnellParticipant
I can pat myself on the back for like a couple seconds, having predicted Kobayashi would use #10. Fun stat: The other two Japanese drivers with podium finishes, Aguri Suzuki (’92-’93) and Takuma Sato (’02, ’04) used #10 at some point in their careers.21st January 2014, 18:43 at 6:43 pm #247420Iestyn DaviesParticipant
#9 Ericsson and #10 Kobayashi (already said to be a preferred number of his), is the second line up on the grid to be ‘old style’!
Ironically, the old Arrows numbers were 9 and 10, from the same factory in Leafield.. Kobayashi probably wants to repeat what Suzuki did and get a podium and use his preferred number.21st January 2014, 19:56 at 7:56 pm #247421BullfrogParticipant
Maybe someone found a drawer full of old 9s and 10s, and had a great money-saving idea…21st January 2014, 20:29 at 8:29 pm #247422Max JacobsonParticipant
It’s rather annoying how very few drivers have picked high numbers. I personally would have picked 88 (Senna’s first title year) but if I recall correctly nobody has picked a number in the 30’s, 50’s, 60’s, or 80’s21st January 2014, 22:06 at 10:06 pm #24742321st January 2014, 22:12 at 10:12 pm #247424Bradley DowntonParticipant
@bullfrog – 9’s & 10’s at Caterham? You’ve got to be joking, it’s more likely to be 20’s and 21’s – that’s what they’re used to…21st January 2014, 22:33 at 10:33 pm #247425Prisoner MonkeysParticipant
@vettel1 – Annoying, maybe, but most of them are picking numbers of personal importance (though I am yet to find out why Ericsson chose #9). Is it really anyone’s fault if those numbers are all on the low side?21st January 2014, 22:35 at 10:35 pm #247426Magnificent GeoffreyParticipant
It’s rather annoying how very few drivers have picked high numbers. I personally would have picked 88 (Senna’s first title year) but if I recall correctly nobody has picked a number in the 30′s, 50′s, 60′s, or 80′s
This goes back to what I was saying when they first announced this new rule. I don’t think most F1 drivers really care that much about what number they have on their car, which might be why you have so many guys choosing numbers between 1-24.
“I have to choose a number? Errrr… OK, let’s go with 18. I would’ve had that one this year anyway…”21st January 2014, 23:11 at 11:11 pm #247427MeanderParticipant
But guys, we must not forget the significance of drivers running the same numbers for the rest of their time in F1. Of course there is no romance to (most of) them now; it is the first year they’re using them! Once one or more of the drivers go on to win races and championships, we’ll be talking about the legendary “6” or “17” or whatever. It doesn’t matter if the numbers are high or low, they’ll have to be given their weight by unfolding history. “5” and “27” are completely arbitrary numbers, but they mean something to F1 fans. One day we will be old and grey and be saying: “It’s just not like in my time anymore! Remember the good old “44”? That was a number! The kids nowadays just don’t have the same sense of meaning – they just pick whatever!”28th January 2014, 9:16 at 9:16 am #247428BullfrogParticipant
What was the point of doing all this – if you still can’t see the numbers on the cars?
At least you can see from the front on the Ferrari and Merc (the way they’ve done the 44 it looks even more like a McLaren!) and Williams have shown for many years that they get it.
But try finding the number on a Force India, Lotus or Toro Rosso.
And they’ve missed a trick by not having numbers in different colours like the bikes or US series.
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