Lewis Hamilton is displaying a number one on his car this weekend but is still officially entered as number 44, Mercedes has confirmed.
The Mercedes driver has used number 44 every since since drivers were given the option of choosing career numbers in 2014.
Formula 1 rules state “each car will carry the race number of its driver as published by the FIA at the beginning of the season” and it must be “clearly visible from the front of the car and on the driver’s crash helmet.”
Hamilton is officially entered as car number 44 on the FIA entry list and that number is displayed on the sides of his car. However the number one is displayed on its nose.
“It is car 44 on the entry list and timing screens and races under this number – the number is still present on the engine cover,” Mercedes confirmed in a statement.
“But Lewis has requested and been given permission to run the number one on those nose at this final race of the season because he’s world champion.”
The team also revealed Hamilton is running the same power unit which was damaged during the Brazilian Grand Prix.
“The problem in Brazil was caused by a failure in the variable inlet system that caused unstable combustion. Engine settings were changed to contain the risk of failure / maximise performance during the race.
“We have made hardware changes outside the sealed perimeter and we are running that engine (power unit three) today. Data will be reviewed after [second practice] to make sure all [is] okay.”
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2018 F1 season
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