FIA Entry List Confirms Formula 1 Driver Numbers for 2014 Season

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FIA Entry List Confirms Formula 1 Driver Numbers for 2014 Season
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With fewer than three weeks remaining until the first test of the 2014 Formula One season, the FIA has released the official entry list for the new season.

Although most teams had already announced their driver pairings for 2014, the list confirms that Marussia will retain the services of Max Chilton. He will be paired, once again, with the previously confirmed Jules Bianchi. At this point, the only two unknowns left on the grid are the two Caterham seats.

Aside from this bit of news, the entry list confirms the drivers' new permanent numbers.

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Marussia's Max Chilton

In December, the FIA announced that, starting in 2014, F1 drivers would be able to choose their own numbers, which they would keep for the duration of their careers. Previously, the numbers had been assigned based on the teams' positions in the Constructors' Championship the year before.

Since that announcement, the drivers have been slowly leaking their choices (each driver was asked for three—in the case of conflicts, the driver who finished higher in 2013 would have priority).

Now, for the first time, we have a (nearly) complete list. Chilton's number was not announced, and until Caterham's drivers are announced, we will not know what numbers will be on the sides of the team's cars this year.

2014 FIA F1 World Championship—Entry List
Driver Number Team
Sebastian Vettel 1 Red Bull
Daniel Ricciardo 3 Red Bull
Lewis Hamilton 44 Mercedes
Nico Rosberg 6 Mercedes
Fernando Alonso 14 Ferarri
Kimi Raikkonen 7 Ferrari
Romain Grosjean 8 Lotus
Pastor Maldonado 13 Lotus
Jenson Button 22 McLaren
Kevin Magnussen 20 McLaren
Nico Hulkenberg 27 Force India
Sergio Perez 11 Force India
Adrian Sutil 99 Sauber
Esteban Gutierrez 21 Sauber
Jean-Eric Vergne 25 Toro Rosso
Daniil Kvyat 26 Toro Rosso
Felipe Massa 19 Williams
Valtteri Bottas 77 Williams
Jules Bianchi 17 Marussia
Max Chilton 4 Marussia
Kamui Kobayashi 10 Caterham
Marcus Ericsson 9 Caterham

Based on this list of driver requests, compiled by Sky Sports, it appears every driver, except Bianchi, received their first choices. Bianchi originally requested Nos. 7, 27 or 77:

However, Kimi Raikkonen also chose No. 7, Nico Hulkenberg requested 27 and Valtteri Bottas selected 77. All three drivers finished ahead of Bianchi in the 2013 Drivers' Championship, so the Frenchman was forced to go with his fourth choice:

Finally, Sebastian Vettel will use No. 1 for as long as he is world champion. When his reign ends, though, his permanent number will be No. 5.

With that out of the way, the merchandisers can start producing driver caps and shirts, the car liveries can be finalized and the fans can look forward to some racing.

Update, January 14: Chilton has confirmed his number for next season:

Update, January 21: Caterham has announced Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson as its drivers for 2014. James Allen is reporting their numbers as 10 and 9, respectively. 

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