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Bianchi: FIA to 'retire' number 17

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20/07/2015

The FIA has revealed that the race number 17 has been retired in respect of Jules Bianchi.

In a brief statement issued ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix - at which a minute's silence will be held to observe the passing of the French youngster - the FIA has issued the following:

"As F1 car numbers are now personally chosen by each driver, the FIA believes it to be an appropriate gesture to retire Jules Bianchi’s number 17.

As a result, this number can no longer be used for a car competing in the FIA Formula One World Championship."

Bianchi will be buried tomorrow (Tuesday) following a service at the Sainte Reparate Cathedral in Nice.

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