Oakstreet wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 27, 2021 1:47 pm
F2 retired #19 in honour of Hubert. What I personally find interesting, is that the #19 was just appointed to the team (arden) based on their position in the previous year (car numbers 18 & 19). In fact, 18&19 are missing both this year as they are paired. #19 was used by Massa in F1 and is now available - probably no-one will pick it the coming years out of respect.
Driver-selected numbers are a new thing in F1. There have been several systems over the years:
- 1950–1973 Numbers allocated by event organisers. Number system and method of allocation different for each event.
1973 Permanent numbers trialed in second half of season, roughly based on Constructor standings.
1974–1995 Permanent team numbers were fully implemented, initially based on the 1973 World Constructors' Championship placings. No. 1 was allocated to the World Drivers' Champion, and the only way numbers moved about was through the changing of the team for whom the World Champion drove for, or with a reallocation of spare numbers.
1996–2013 Team numbers ordered by World Constructors' Championship position of the previous season, with No. 1 still going to the World Drivers' Champion.
2014–present Drivers allowed to choose their own, permanent numbers from 0 through 99 except 1. Only the World Drivers' Champion is allowed to use No. 1 at their discretion, though they are not required to do so. In allocating out the numbers, drivers with a higher Championship position in the previous season are given higher preference.
Retiring driver numbers now would seem silly when so many drivers have used a given number over the years. Vettel's #5, for example, has famously been used by Mansell but also by Piquet, Lauda, Mario Andretti, Emerson FIttipaldi and then drivers such as Peterson, Reutemann, Daly, Laffite, Patrese, Brundell, and a good number of others.
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