Sebastian Vettel has explained the reasoning behind picking the number 5 for the rest of his formula one career.
As world champion, the Red Bull driver will – for the fourth consecutive time – carry the coveted number 1 in 2014.
But if he fails to win a fifth title this season, Vettel has chosen to revert to the number 5 for 2015 and beyond.
“I chose it because I was so successful in karts in 2001 with the number 5,” the German told Sport Bild, “and I had it in 2010 when I became world champion for the first time.
Sport Bild explained, however, that Vettel had already selected his number prior to Schumacher’s skiing fall, so that it cannot be regarded as a specific tribute.
Late last year, the FIA invited drivers to make their choices between 2 and 99, and Vettel’s countryman Adrian Sutil opted for the latter.
“The explanation is very simple,” Sutil explained. “In my life, everything should be the maximum.”