Drivers begin number selection
Drivers have started revealing the selections they have requested as their permanent career numbers.
A new FIA regulation introduced from 2014 onwards is for drivers to have permanent numbers throughout their careers, with numbers 2 to 99 available. The reigning world champion also has to select a number but will be allowed to use number 1 if they wish.
Initially the drivers have been asked for their first three choices, and many have now revealed which numbers they have selected ahead of next season.
In order of preference, Nico Rosberg has selected numbers 6, 5 and 9, with 6 the number his dad Keke carried to the 1982 world title. Sergio Perez said during his Force India announcement that he would like number 11, Felipe Massa has picked 19 and Jean-Eric Vergne has requested 25, 21 or the 27 made famous by Gilles Villeneuve.
So, It's the #77 I have applied for! 17 as 2nd choice and 11 as 3rd choice. #BO77AS— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) December 13, 2013