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Alonso chooses 14

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20/12/2013

With drivers allowed to pick permanent numbers from 2014, Fernando Alonso has revealed that he intends to use 14.

"It's always brought me luck, ever since I won at the age of 14, on 14th July in 1996, with a kart that had the number 14," he told his team's website. "Let's see it if still brings me luck."

Teammate Kimi Raikkonen is likely to use 7, though this also coveted by Jules Bianchi. Nico Rosberg is hoping to use 6, while the first choices of other drivers include 11 (Perez), 19 (Massa), 25 (Vergne) and 77 (Bottas).

Attending a promotional event with Santander, Alonso declared his belief in Ferrari and that the team will be competitive next season.

"I have faith in Ferrari and I am happy to be able to work with Raikkonen, a driver who has a rare talent and from whom I can learn a lot," he said. "The experience he and I have will be vital to develop the car: the most important thing is that we work together for Ferrari and that a red car is first across the line, no matter which one.

"Why am I optimistic? Because I'm in the Scuderia," he continued. "Maybe now there are those who believe that it would be better to choose Red Bull, but Ferrari is always the winning hand and one has to have maximum faith in them. I hope we can improve on 2013, maybe making the most of the rule changes to be at the same level as the best."

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1. Posted by Skidmarks, 28/12/2013 14:28

"Precisely the point I was making, F One.
Once they realise that they can't sell new gear every year, like now, they will reintroduce a means of it changing."

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2. Posted by F One, 28/12/2013 13:01

"Just like football clubs having a new kit every season for no reason other than because "Fans" will buy them every year?"

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3. Posted by Skidmarks, 28/12/2013 10:46

"Won't it affect merchandising?
At the moment they can sell new gear every year, but unless a driver moves team or there is a major sponsor change previous years' shirts etc. would still be valid.
Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on your view and I would not be surprised to find that the F1 powers-that-be decided that the drivers could choose a new number each season!"

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4. Posted by F One, 28/12/2013 10:18

"Is it just me or is this number business pointless?
The numbers on the cars are illegible anyway.

Just a waste of time."

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