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 The FIA included Honda in the list because although the team has withdrawn from the sport, they have not yet withdrawn their entry from the championship.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.
|8.||Nelson Piquet Jr.||Renault|
|11.||Sebastien Buemi||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Ferrari|
|12.||TBA||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Ferrari|
|14.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing||Renault|
|15.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing||Renault|
|20.||Adrian Sutil||Force India||Mercedes|
|21.||Giancarlo Fisichella||Force India||Mercedes|