Personal numbers

Since 2014 F1 drivers have to choose their own permanent racing numbers they should carry throughout their F1 career. A permanent number cannot be reallocated except if the driver hasn’t driven in the championship for 2 seasons in a row. After 2 years of absence or more the number could be chosen by any rookie or another ‘comebacker’. This situation is quite possible if one remembers Kimi Raikkonen’s leave of absence in 2010-2012 or Michael Schumacher’s leave in 2007-2009. Here is the list of Formula 1 drivers numbers:

 ##  Driver  Period of use
 1*  Sebastian Vettel  2014
 3  Daniel Ricciardo  2014-2016
 4  Max Chilton  2014
 5  Sebastian Vettel  2015-2016
 6  Nico Rosberg  2014-2016
 7  Kimi Räikkönen  2014-2016
 8  Romain Grosjean  2014-2016
 9  Marcus Ericsson  2014-2016
 10  Kamui Kobayashi  2014
 11  Sergio Pérez  2014-2016
 12  Felipe Nasr  2015-2016
 13  Pastor Maldonado  2014-2015
 14  Fernando Alonso  2014-2016
 17**  Jules Bianchi  2014
 19  Felipe Massa  2014-2016
 20  Kevin Magnussen  2014-2016
 21  Esteban Gutiérrez  2014, 2016
 22  Jenson Button  2014-2016
 25  Jean-Éric Vergne  2014
 26  Daniil Kvyat  2014-2016
 27  Nico Hülkenberg  2014-2016
 28  Will Stevens  2015
 30  Jolyon Palmer   2016
 33  Max Verstappen  2015-2016
 44  Lewis Hamilton  2014-2016
 53  Alexander Rossi  2015-2016
 55  Carlos Sainz  2015-2016
 77  Valtteri Bottas  2014-2016
 88  Rio Haryanto  2016
 94  Pascal Wehrlein  2016
 98  Roberto Merhi  2015
 99  Adrian Sutil  2014

* #1 is reserved for defending world champion, who can choose to use either #1 or his own number.

** Following Jules Bianchi’s death the FIA has announced that car #17 will no longer be used in the FIA Formula One World Championship. Unfortunately #17 is not the only ‘fatal’ number in F1. If the FIA has decided to retire all those numbers as a mark of respect for the drivers who were killed during a championship Grand Prix weekend or who succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident during a championship Grand Prix weekend, such a list would include:

 ##  Driver  Fatal Grand Prix
 2  Luigi Musso  France, 1958
 Peter Collins  Germany, 1958
 Ayrton Senna  San Marino, 1994
 4  Bill Vukovich  USA, 1958
 Pat O’Connor  USA, 1958
 Wolfgang von Trips  Italy, 1961
 Piers Courage  Netherlands, 1970
 6  Onofre Marimón  Germany, 1954
 François Cevert  USA, 1973
 Ronnie Peterson  Italy, 1978
 12  Stuart Lewis-Evans  Morocco, 1958
 14  Roger Williamson  Netherlands, 1973
 15  Chet Miller  USA, 1953
 16  Alan Stacey  Belgium, 1960
 John Taylor  Germany, 1966
 Peter Revson  South Africa, 1974
 Tom Pryce  South Africa, 1977
 17  Jules Bianchi  Japan, 2014
 18  Lorenzo Bandini  Monaco, 1967
 Jo Schlesser  France, 1968
 19  Helmuth Koinigg  USA, 1974
 22  Jochen Rindt  Italy, 1970
 24  Gerhard Mitter***  Germany, 1969
 27  Gilles Villeneuve  Belgium, 1982
 28  Mark Donohue  Austria, 1975
 29  Carel Godin de Beaufort  Germany, 1964
 32  Riccardo Paletti  Canada, 1982
 Roland Ratzenberger  San Marino, 1994
 36  Chris Bristow  Belgium, 1960
 51  Bob Cortner  USA, 1959
 57  Jerry Unser  USA, 1959
 62  Keith Andrews  USA, 1957
 73  Carl Scarborough  USA, 1953
 88  Manny Ayulo  USA, 1955
This list does not include fatal accidents during tests or non-championship races.
*** Gerhard Mitter died during practice ahead of the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in 1969 driving BMW Formula 2 car. F1 and F2 cars participated in that event simultaneously, but were classified separately.

Personal numbers