FIA to retire Jules Bianchi's number

Formula 1 chiefs are to permanently retire car number 17, as a mark of respect for Jules Bianchi.

The FIA has decided that in honour of Bianchi, who passed away at the weekend from injuries he suffered in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix, his number will not be used again.

"Jean Todt, President of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) announced that the car number 17 will be retired from the FIA Formula One World Championship in honour of Jules Bianchi," said the FIA in a statement.

"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 Championsh

2014 choices

Bianchi used #17 for the 2014 season, after his original choices were taken first by other drivers.

In December 2013, he tweeted about his preferred numbers: "Hello my friends :) i asked for 7, 27 and 77. We will see what i will get ..."

In the end, Kimi Raikkonen got 7, Nico Hulkenberg got 27 and Valtteri Bottas got 77.

Bianchi's funeral will take place in Nice on Tuesday and is expected to be attended by many leading F1 figures, including FIA president Jean Todt.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jules Bianchi
Teams Manor Racing
Article type Breaking news