A bit strange that he fought all year to be number one and now he doesn't want it
I get it though and the WDC should have a choice.
It's not that he doesn't want it - he has it. He doesn't need to plaster it everywhere to know that he has it, or for everyone on the grid to know that he has it.
Manoah2u wrote:The fact he goes for #44 instead of his deserved right to badge #1, tells you he's supersticious on hoping to get his 2nd WDC with Merc and his own 3rd title by maintaining the number that granted him his WDC. Having his helmet white-yellow this year, it wouldn't come as a surprise if he'd opt for another same white-yellow year.
What makes you think that? Why on earth does keeping 44 imply superstition? Instead, it could simply be that 44 is the number he's always raced under, and he wants to be identified by that. It means roughly the same as him racing in a yellow helmet, or McLaren racing in orange. They're all just something that's done because... because.