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List of Formula One driver numbers

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Since the start of the 2014 Formula One season, drivers have to choose an available starting number before entering their first Grand Prix.[1] 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;[2] 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 or 2018. 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).[citation needed]

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.

The number 17 was used by Jules Bianchi in 2014 before his crash at the Japanese Grand Prix. Following his death, the number was retired as a mark of respect.[3]

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Formula One driver numbers

The following lists all Formula One driver numbers which were claimed as career numbers since the 2014 season.

No. Driver Current team First
1 Reserved for champion[N 1] N/A 2014 2014
2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne[N 2] N/A 2017 2018
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo France Renault 2014 2019
4 United Kingdom Max Chilton N/A 2014 2014
United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren 2019 2019
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel[N 3] Italy Ferrari 2015 2019
6 Germany Nico Rosberg N/A 2014 2016
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing 2014 2019
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas 2014 2019
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson N/A 2014 2018
10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi N/A 2014 2014
France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso 2017 2019
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Racing Point 2014 2019
12 Brazil Felipe Nasr N/A 2015 2016
13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado N/A 2014 2015
14 Spain Fernando Alonso N/A 2014 2018
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 2018 2019
17 France Jules Bianchi Number retired[N 4] 2014 2014
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Racing Point 2017 2019
19 Brazil Felipe Massa N/A 2014 2017
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas 2014 2019
21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez N/A 2014 2016
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button N/A 2014 2017
23 Thailand Alexander Albon Austria Red Bull Racing 2019 2019
25 France Jean-Éric Vergne N/A 2014 2014
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso 2014 2019
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault 2014 2019
28 United Kingdom Will Stevens[N 5] N/A 2015 2015
New Zealand Brendon Hartley[N 6] N/A 2017 2018
30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer N/A 2016 2017
31 France Esteban Ocon N/A 2016 2018
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing 2015 2019
35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin N/A 2018 2018
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 2014 2019
53 United States Alexander Rossi[N 7] N/A 2015 2015
55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. United Kingdom McLaren 2015 2019
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams 2019 2019
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 2014 2019
88 Indonesia Rio Haryanto N/A 2016 2016
Poland Robert Kubica United Kingdom Williams 2019 2019
94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein N/A 2016 2017
98 Spain Roberto Merhi N/A 2015 2015
99 Germany Adrian Sutil N/A 2014 2014
Italy Antonio Giovinazzi[N 8] Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing 2019 2019


This table shows the usage of each driver number over time since their introduction in 2014.

Car number Season
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
1 Sebastian Vettel Does not appear
2 Does not appear Stoffel Vandoorne Does not appear
3 Daniel Ricciardo
4 Max Chilton Does not appear Lando Norris
5 Does not appear Sebastian Vettel
6 Nico Rosberg Does not appear
7 Kimi Räikkönen
8 Romain Grosjean
9 Marcus Ericsson Does not appear
10 Kamui Kobayashi Does not appear Pierre Gasly
11 Sergio Pérez
12 Does not appear Felipe Nasr Does not appear
13 Pastor Maldonado Does not appear
14 Fernando Alonso Does not appear
15 Does not appear
16 Does not appear Charles Leclerc
17 Jules Bianchi Number retired[N 4]
18 Does not appear Lance Stroll
19 Felipe Massa Does not appear
20 Kevin Magnussen
21 Esteban Gutiérrez Does not appear Esteban Gutiérrez Does not appear
22 Jenson Button Does not appear
23 Does not appear Alexander Albon
24 Does not appear
25 Jean-Éric Vergne Does not appear
26 Daniil Kvyat Does not appear Daniil Kvyat
27 Nico Hülkenberg
28 Does not appear Will Stevens Does not appear Brendon Hartley Does not appear
29 Does not appear
30 Charles Pic Jolyon Palmer Jolyon Palmer Does not appear
31 Esteban Ocon Does not appear Esteban Ocon Does not appear
32 Does not appear
33 Does not appear Max Verstappen
34 Daniel Juncadella Does not appear Alfonso Celis Jr. Nicholas Latifi Does not appear
35 Does not appear George Russell Sergey Sirotkin Does not appear
36 Giedo van der Garde Raffaele Marciello Does not appear Antonio Giovinazzi (*) Antonio Giovinazzi Does not appear
37 Sergey Sirotkin
Adderly Fong
Does not appear Charles Leclerc Does not appear
38 Max Verstappen Does not appear Sean Gelael Does not appear
39 Does not appear Brendon Hartley (*) Does not appear
40 Felipe Nasr Does not appear Paul di Resta (*) Robert Kubica Nicholas Latifi
41 Susie Wolff Does not appear
42 Alexander Rossi (*) Fabio Leimer Jordan King Does not appear
43 Does not appear
44 Lewis Hamilton
45 André Lotterer (*)
Alexander Rossi
Roberto Merhi
Does not appear Esteban Ocon Does not appear
46 Will Stevens (*)
Robin Frijns
Does not appear Sergey Sirotkin Artem Markelov Does not appear
47 Does not appear Stoffel Vandoorne (*) Does not appear Lando Norris Does not appear
48–49 Does not appear
50 Does not appear Charles Leclerc Antonio Giovinazzi Does not appear
51–52 Does not appear
53 Does not appear Alexander Rossi Does not appear
54 Does not appear
55 Does not appear Carlos Sainz Jr.
56–62 Does not appear
63 Does not appear George Russell
64–76 Does not appear
77 Valtteri Bottas
78–87 Does not appear
88 Does not appear Rio Haryanto Does not appear Robert Kubica
89–93 Does not appear
94 Does not appear Pascal Wehrlein Does not appear
95–97 Does not appear
98 Does not appear Roberto Merhi Does not appear
99 Adrian Sutil Does not appear Antonio Giovinazzi

(*) indicates that a number was used in race as a temporary number, by a driver substituing for another.
† indicates that a number was used in free practice only, not in any races.


  1. ^ The 2018 World Drivers' Champion elected to use his own number for 2019.
  2. ^ Vandoorne used number 47 while substituting for another driver.
  3. ^ Vettel used number 1 when he was reigning World Champion in 2014.
  4. ^ a b The number 17 was retired by FIA following Bianchi's death in 2015.[4]
  5. ^ Stevens used number 46 while substituting for another driver.
  6. ^ Hartley used number 39 while substituting for another driver.
  7. ^ Rossi used number 42 while substituting for other drivers.
  8. ^ Giovinazzi used number 36 while substituting for another driver.


  1. ^ Sam Tremayne. "Formula 1 drivers to get permanent numbers from 2014". Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Parkes, Ian (20 July 2015). "The FIA will retire Jules Bianchi's number 17 from Formula 1". Autosport. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Number 17 to be retired in Bianchi's honour". Formula One World Championship Limited. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  5. ^ "F1 2014: The reasons behind the numbers". GP Update. GP Update. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2015.[dead link]
  6. ^ Tremayne, Sam (9 December 2013). "Formula 1 drivers to get permanent numbers from 2014". Motorsport. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  7. ^ "2015 F1 driver numbers". 12 January 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
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