List of Formula One driver numbers
Since the start of the 2014 Formula One season, drivers have to choose an available starting number before entering their first Grand Prix. Drivers carry this number throughout their Formula One career.
A permanent number can only be reallocated if the driver associated with that number has not participated in a race for two entire consecutive seasons, for example, numbers that were used most recently in the 2016 season can be reallocated at the beginning of 2019, providing that the driver who used the number in 2016 does not return to Formula One in 2017. For instance, Jenson Button's number 22 would have been available for re-allocation in 2019 after his departure from full-time racing in 2016, but an appearance in the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix replacing Fernando Alonso, who was participating in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 on that weekend instead, means his number may now not be reassigned until 2020 at the earliest.
The FIA have also issued temporary numbers to drivers that are exceptions to this rule, for example if a driver withdraws from a race and a reserve driver takes their place then they receive a team-allocated number, this is also the case of free-practice-only drivers. Some examples of those numbers are 36 (used by Antonio Giovinazzi in two races), 40 (used by Paul di Resta in one race), 45 (used by André Lotterer in one race), 46 (used by Will Stevens in one race) and 47 (used by Stoffel Vandoorne in one race).
The reigning Formula One World Drivers' Champion can elect to use their allocated permanent number or car number 1 during the year following their title. The number 1 was most recently used by Sebastian Vettel in 2014.
Formula One driver numbers
The following lists all Formula One driver numbers which were claimed as career numbers since the 2014 season:
- The 2017 World Champion has elected to use their own number for 2018.
- Vandoorne used number 47 while substituting for another driver.
- Vettel used number 1 when he was reigning World Champion in 2014.
- The number 17 was retired by FIA following Bianchi's death in 2015.
- Stevens used number 46 while substituting for another driver.
- Hartley used number 39 while substituting for another driver.
- Rossi used number 42 while substituting for other drivers.
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