Drivers to choose permanent numbers next season

© AP, 9 December 2013
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Formula 1 drivers will be given permanent numbers from next year as part of a series of rule changes announced on Monday.

Drivers will also be allowed to choose a number to put on their cars for their entire career, unlike the current system where last year's team placings determine the numbers. The reigning champion will still be given No. 1.

The FIA said drivers will be able to pick any number between 2 and 99. If several drivers want the same number, it goes to the one who had the highest finish the previous season. The defending champion can choose whether to use No. 1 or his permanent number.

Other changes approved unanimously Monday at a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and Formula One Commission in Paris included a cost cap for teams that will be introduced from 2015, and new five-second penalties for minor infringements during races.

A cost cap has long been discussed in F1 to make the sport more affordable, although teams have been at odds for how it should be implemented. The FIA said "the principle of a global cost cap" has now been adopted, but that the specifics will be worked out by June 2014.

 

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