The FIA have officially announced who will be taking part in the 2008 Formula One championship today. The list includes Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson for Super Aguri, although the Japanese team did state today that they are still negotiating contract extensions with both drivers. They are expected to continue with the squad, providing the teams ’08 chassis is deemed legal following the customer car issues. Not on the list are Prodrive, who up until November were still expected to be on the grid. However, like with Aguri, the chassis problems ruled them out of competition, with Dave Richards planning to use McLaren chassis for his inaugural ’08 campaign.
Reigning champion Kimi Raikkonen will proudly have the number one emblazoned on the front of his Ferrari, and following their disqualification from the 2007 championship, McLaren are at the bottom with numbers 22 and 23, the former going to Lewis Hamilton. Adrian Sutil is also listed under Force India with the number 20 and Jarno Trulli, despite Toyota’s ummings and ahrings, is listed as number 11 for the Cologne-based squad.
For further explanations on Formula One’s numbering system, read the popular entry It’s A Numbers Game, written in late 2006 but still relevant today.
|BMW Sauber||Nick Heidfeld||#3|
|Nelson Piquet Jr||#6|
|Red Bull Racing||David Coulthard||#9|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso||Sebastien Bourdais||#14|
|Super Aguri||Takuma Sato||#18|
|Force India||Adrian Sutil||#20|
*Updated after Fisichella was announced at Force India on January 10th.