After the confusion and complaints that ensued in the wake of the decision not to change team numbers next season, the FIA has now decided to change them after all.

The original decision had been based on the assumption that teams would welcome the cost cuts that come from not having to change numbers on cars, merchandising and promotional items. The FIA decided to only adjust the positions of the teams in the pitlane rather than the numbers as well, but this was not a welcome decision for some, especially Sauber, who's 4th in the Constructors was hard fought and well won.

The FIA have now reverted to their usual practice of the last few years and teams will be numbered according to the position in which they finished in the Constructors' Championship the season before. <pre>

New numbers for 2002.

N° Driver                       Team                       Make
 1 Michael Schumacher (D)       Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro  Ferrari
 2 Rubens Barrichello (BR)      Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro  Ferrari
 3 David Coulthard (GB)         West Mclaren Mercedes      Mclaren Mercedes
 4 Kimi RÄIkkÖNen (FIN)         West Mclaren Mercedes      Mclaren Mercedes
 5 Ralf Schumacher (D)          BMW WiliamssF1 Team        Williams BMW
 6 Juan Pablo Montoya (CO)      BMW WilliamsF1 Team        Williams BMW
 7 Nick Heidfeld (D)            Sauber Petronas            Sauber Petronas
 8 Felipe Massa (BR)            Sauber Petronas            Sauber Petronas
 9 Giancarlo Fisichella (I)     Jordan Honda               Jordan Honda
10 Takuma Sato (J)              Jordan Honda               Jordan Honda
11 Jacques Villeneuve (CDN)     Lucky Strike Bar Honda     Bar Honda
12 Olivier Panis (F)            Lucky Strike Bar Honda     Bar Honda
14 Jarno Trulli (I)             Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault
15 Jenson Button (GB)           Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault
16 Eddie Irvine (GB)            Jaguar Racing              Jaguar Cosworth
17 Pedro De La Rosa (E)         Jaguar Racing              Jaguar Cosworth
18 TBA                          TBA Prost TBA              Prost TBA
19 TBA                          TBA Prost TBA              Prost TBA
20 TBA                          Orange Arrows              Arrows Cosworth
21 TBA                          Orange Arrows              Arrows Cosworth
22 TBA                          TBA Minardi Asiatech       Minardi Asiatech
23 TBA                          TBA Minardi Asiatech       Minardi Asiatech
24 Mika Salo (FIN)              Panasonic Toyota Racing    Toyota
25 Allan Mcnish (GB)            Panasonic Toyota Racing    Toyota

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