Jolle wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 28, 2021 5:53 pm
The difference of the numbers that were on Senna’s, Villeneuve’s, etc car and the numbers now, that Senna and his departed colleagues had no choice in their number, it was handed out to the team while since 2014, it’s part of the drivers identity.
I'm sure many people think of Gilles Villeneuve as being #27, just as many think of Mansell as being "red 5". Certainly, in the case of Mansell that is often the case.
What if a current driver has a child who makes it to F1? Maybe they want to run "Dad's number". Sorry, it's retired because it was his identity.
Helmets should be a driver's defining item, not a number, IMHO. Back in the day, the helmet was how you knew which driver was which. When Damon Hill chose his helmet design, he asked his mother if it was ok to use his Dad's design, and that was borrowed from the London Rowing Club and made him instantly recognisable. Yes, the halo has made that difficult, but you can still tell Hamilton from Bottas in the onboards just by the helmet, even if everything else on the car was the same.
As already mentioned, the numbers have been used by countless drivers through the generations, to suddenly say "sorry, but for some entirely arbitrary reason we're going to prevent you having a certain number" is silly IMHO.
It's just another one of the silly ideas that modern F1 seems to attract. M'eh.
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