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FIA Confirm 2009 Championship Entry List

FIA Confirm 2009 Championship Entry List

Yesterday the FIA confirmed the teams and their drivers who have officially entered the 2009 Formula One World Championship. There are no surprises and three seats are yet to be filled. The FIA included Honda in the list because although the team has withdrawn from the sport, they have not yet withdrawn their entry from the championship. This means that someone can buy the squad and still compete in 2009. Although Honda have said they will withdraw completely if a buyer is not found in time. Also, the second Scuderia Toro Rosso seat remains vacant still.

Once again, Formula One continues its policy of not running the number 13, Red Bull Racing instead using 14 for Mark Webber. Given the Australian’s luck this off season, this is perhaps a wise move. Lewis Hamilton will carry the number 1 on the front of his McLaren, and Force India will carry 20 and 21, the last two numbers.

The numbers are decided by the position of the team in the previous years constructors title, with the exception of the drivers champion who carries number 1, his team mate number 2. The numbers then run down the order, jumping from 12 to 14. There were a few exceptions in previous years, such as Ferrari being able to use 27 and 28. However, these exceptions are largely ignored by teams these days and drivers are generally happy with the numbers they get.

Number

Driver

Team

Engine

1. British FlagLewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes
2. Finnish FlagHeikki Kovalainen McLaren Mercedes
3. Finnish FlagKimi Raikkonen Ferrari
4. Brazilian FlagFelipe Massa Ferrari
5. German FlagNick Heidfeld BMW
6. Polish FlagRobert Kubica BMW
7. Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Renault
8. Brazilian FlagNelson Piquet Jr. Renault
9. Italian FlagJarno Trulli Toyota
10. German FlagTimo Glock Toyota
11. Swiss FlagSebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari
12. BlogF1 FlagTBA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari
14. Australian FlagMark Webber Red Bull Racing Renault
15. German FlagSebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing Renault
16. German FlagNico Rosberg Williams Toyota
17. Japanese FlagKazuki Nakajima Williams Toyota
18. BlogF1 FlagTBA Honda TBA
19. BlogF1 FlagTBA Honda TBA
20. German FlagAdrian Sutil Force India Mercedes
21. Italian FlagGiancarlo Fisichella Force India Mercedes

Further Reading

Oliver White

4 comments

  • Hey Ollie, two things. One: Your table’s headings are screwed and two: why does Kimi Raikkonen have the number 3 with him? Shouldn’t he have number 4? Considering he finished behind Massa in the World Championship?

  • Your table’s headings are screwed

    Heh, that’ll teach me to write late at night! I’ll fix them in a moment.

    why does Kimi Raikkonen have the number 3

    That’s a good point.

    I think it’s one of the exceptions that the teams do still use. If the drivers of a team remain from one year to the next, they keep the numbers from previous, even if the results suggest otherwise. Last year, Coulthard had a higher number than Webber, but as Coulthard has now retired from racing, Webber moves up and Vettel gets the lower number in the team. But the Ferrari drivers are unchanged, so they keep their numbers. Well, it saves on redesigning the pit garage hoardings! 🙂

  • Tip: Read the comments.

    …which say Felipe Massa will be number three. He did carry the number 3 on his car when he completed an installation at Mugello. At the end of the day, I also agree with the commenter on Allen’s site who says “it doesn’t really matter” because I certainly don’t identify the driver by the number. Helmet and T-Cam colour are the giveaways for me.

    For the record though, here is F1.com’s entry list, which at the time of writing this states Kimi Raikkonen as number 3.

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