Alonso requests 14 as car number

Alonso requests 14 as car number

Formula 1

Alonso requests 14 as car number

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Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso has become the latest Formula 1 driver to confirm the number he has requested for the 2014 season.

As part of a new regulations to be introduced next year, drivers will carry permanent numbers in F1.

Every driver has been asked to choose their race number, between No. 2 and No. 99, while No. 1 will be reserved for the world champion should he want it.

The FIA has requested all drivers to nominate their preferred number, along with a second and third choice, to be lodged before the holidays.

“I will use 14,” Alonso told reporters in Madrid. “It has been my lucky number since 1996, when, while I was 14, on July 14 and with kart number 14 I won the world championship. Since then I have always used 14. Hopefully it will be lucky next year.”

Alonso’s new teammate Kimi Raikkonen has chosen No. 7, while his former teammate Felipe Massa will use No. 19 at Williams. His teammate Valtteri Bottas has chosen No. 77.

Other drivers who have revealed the numbers they want include Nico Rosberg (No. 6, No. 5 or No. 8), Sergio Perez (No. 11), Jean-Eric Vergne (No. 21, No. 25 or No. 27).

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