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Motor racing: Numbers up for 2014 Formula 1 drivers

Published on Jan 11, 2014 6:14 AM
McLaren's former world champion Jenson Button reveals his new Formula 1 car number with an Instagram post (above) showing two ducks that represent the number 22. Formula 1 drivers revealed their car numbers on Jan 10, 2014, for the forthcoming season as well as the rest of their careers. -- PHOTO: JENSON BUTTON VIA INSTAGRAM

PARIS (AFP) - Formula One drivers revealed their car numbers on Friday for the forthcoming season as well as the rest of their careers with former world champion Jenson Button using plastic ducks to highlight his choice.

Governing body, the FIA, gave drivers a choice of numbers between 2 and 99 with the number one reserved for the defending world champion, currently Germany's Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel will opt for the number five in 2015 should he lose the world title he has held since 2010.

The decision to add permanent numbers to the vehicles was taken to boost the sport's marketing possibilities.

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Drivers/teams with numbers

Red Bull Racing:
Sebastian Vettel (GER) 1 (and 5 for seasons when he is not defending world champion)
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS, ex-Toro Rosso) 3

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 44
Nico Rosberg (GER) 6

Fernando Alonso (ESP) 14
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN, ex-Lotus) 7

Romain Grosjean (FRA) 8
Pastor Maldonado (VEN, ex-Williams) 13

Jenson Button (GBR) 22
Kevin Magnussen (DEN, first season) 20

Force India:
Nico Hulkenberg (GER, ex-Sauber) 27
Sergio Perez (MEX, ex-McLaren) 11

Toro Rosso:
Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) 25
Daniil Kvyat (RUS, first season) 26

Felipe Massa (BRA, ex-Ferrari) 19
Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 77

Adrian Sutil (GER, ex-Force India) 99
Esteban Gutiérrez (MEX) 21

Jules Bianchi (FRA) 17
Mark Chilton (GBR) TBA