Along with the controversial decision to award double points for the final race of the season, the FIA announced last month that Formula One drivers would be allowed to choose permanent numbers that can be carried over from season to season. Previously, the numbers changed based on finishing position during the previous year.

The new system allows the reigning world champion to wear number one, if he chooses, while the rest of the field can choose a number from 2 to 99. Now, we have the list of numbers each driver has chosen.

First and foremost, Sebastian Vettel will wear number one next season, although the four-time champion will race under number five if someone ever manages to unseat him from the top of the F1 hierarchy. Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, meanwhile, will carry number 44 to the track, while Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari will wear 14 and seven, respectively. Jenson Button and his McLaren will be number 22.

Scroll down for the full listing of numbers, provided by ESPN. Red Bull

1. Sebastian Vettel (will use number five when not reigning champion)
3. Daniel Ricciardo

Mercedes

44. Lewis Hamilton
6. Nico Rosberg

Ferrari

14. Fernando Alonso
7. Kimi Raikkonen

Lotus

8. Romain Grosjean
13. Pastor Maldonado

McLaren

22. Jenson Button
20. Kevin Magnussen

Force India

27. Nico Hulkenberg
11. Sergio Perez

Sauber

99. Adrian Sutil
21. Esteban Gutierrez

Toro Rosso

25. Jean Eric Vergne
26. Daniel Kvyat

Williams

19. Felipe Massa
77. Valtteri Bottas

Marussia

17. Jules Bianchi
TBC Max Chilton

Caterham
Both drivers to be confirmed


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      Pj Taintz
      • 11 Months Ago
      I never liked how the numbers change every year as it is. I prefer the way its done in most other tours where you pick a number, or the team picks a number and you stick with it, it creates more brand identity. Lets look at dale earnhardt with the number 3 for a perfect example or Richard petty with the 43. Changing the number on the car to reflect the ranking takes something away as a fan although I can see it as motivation for the driver
      MotionDesigner
      • 11 Months Ago
      It may be a stretch, but is anyone else reading into the number choices from the Ferrari drivers? Raikkonen: "I'll take 7." Alonso: "Well I'm twice the driver you are so I'll take 14!" And so it begins...
        turbonium959
        • 11 Months Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        I see your funny twist, but the truth is, Alonso had number 14 back when he was carting. It's just a total koinki-dink that Kimi chose 7, but I'm sure there is some or reason to it.
          f1_fan
          • 11 Months Ago
          @turbonium959
          kimi chose 7 cause thats what he had in '13, and as ferrari put it in their website he did not see any reason to change it. :D
      turbonium959
      • 11 Months Ago
      Is Louis Hamilton some sort of a twin brother of Lewis Hamilton?
        Sir Duke
        • 11 Months Ago
        @turbonium959
        No, that's either his French or Haitian cousin.
      Neil Roberts
      • 11 Months Ago
      So none of them chose the Answer To The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything?
      • 11 Months Ago
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      Aussie Aspie
      • 11 Months Ago
      They should retire Number 1 before they ever use it, and pin it to Schumacher's hospital bed. It's nigh impossible to compare sportsmen from different eras when rules, training, science, engineering etc have changed so much; so saying he's the best ever (against Fangio, Lauda, G.Hill, J.Clark, Brabham etc) would be impossible to prove, but the same can be said of all other greats too. He's the best I've seen in 30 years of watching the sport. Clearly the greatest? Perhaps not. But there have certainly been none greater.
      • 11 Months Ago
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      Georg
      • 11 Months Ago
      if someone takes 69? :D
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