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2014-12-24 20:20

SHOOTING FOR TITLE WITH A 44: Other drivers can't wait to be No.1; perhaps Lewis Hamilton is seriously superstitious about 44, the number he's keeping on his F1 Mercedes despite being 2014 champion. Image: AP / Luca Bruno

LONDON, England - Lewis Hamilton will not be carrying the coveted No.1 on his Mercedes Formula 1 car when the 2015 season opens.

Despite being 2014 Drivers’ champion, he has elected to keep his regular No.44, the International Automobile Federation has announced.

F1's governing body has released a revised 2015 entry list that confirms the Briton’s choice. He said he would defend his title using his usual number.


“It’s my number," Hamilton, 29, said after winning the 2014 title. I won my first championship with 44 in karting so I'll ask the team if I can keep it on my car now.”

He also has the number tattooed behind his right ear.

Meanwhile, three of F1's 11 teams have been listed as "subject to confirmation" on the 2015 entry list. No surprise that two are Caterham and Manor, the latter the revised name for the team that competed in 2014 as Marussia.

However, Lotus is also listed as “conditional” despite the official entry including its drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, and Mercedes power for the team.



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