SAO PAULO, Brazil — Lewis Hamilton has no plans to modify from automotive No.44 to No.1 subsequent yr after securing his fourth Formula One world title this yr.
As the reigning world champion Hamilton has the precise to race underneath No.1 subsequent yr, however according to his choice after his second and third world titles in 2014 and 2015, he’ll keep on with No.44. Hamilton has raced with 44 since Formula One first launched everlasting driver numbers in 2014, selecting the double digit as a result of it was the identical one he raced with in go-karts.
Despite the historical past and status badociated to the No.1 in Formula One — the quantity run by the reigning champion previous to 2014 — Hamilton says there is no such thing as a temptation to modify subsequent yr.
“My engineers want that and a couple of my mechanics, but I don’t plan on changing it,” he mentioned. “No.44 is household.
“It’s actually bizarre and I suppose everybody will get a fortunate quantity at some stage, however we selected that … my dad selected that quantity once I was younger. There is an image of me with 43 on my kart once I was in cadets as a result of another child stole my quantity and I needed to be 43, however that wasn’t actually my quantity, it was only one image they acquired.
“I feel that was the weekend Mark Blundell had been there at hand out trophies and it was the primary time I met a Formula One driver. But I feel I’ll solely use 44.
“You know you would match the No.1 inside the 44, so perhaps you’ll be able to mess around with it. But I do not actually just like the quantity itself. People had it up to now, Michael had it, however nobody’s had 44 besides me.
“It’s been a good number for me since I started. I think it’s the number my fans recognise and can relate to more. The No.1 is good for a moment but you can’t live with it forever. Whereas 44 will stay with me forever.”
However, Hamilton is marking his fourth world title with a brand new helmet design this weekend, that includes the No.1 and a fourth star on each the aspect and the highest. Hamilton has run a number of completely different helmet designs this yr, however says there are nonetheless tweaks to be made to this weekend’s design.
“I noticed the designs, however this one I did not design myself. I had an awesome badist from Bell and it was a little bit of shock. They confirmed me what they had been planning on doing, however seeing it yesterday when it got here out, I feel it seems superior with the 4 stars and the additional bar.
“But I am a perfectionist so I am all the time like ‘subsequent time perhaps we are able to …’ I feel what occurred was the helmet was painted already after which I received after which they added the additional bits as a result of it takes time. But it has been nice and Bell have been implausible.”