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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

FIA retires Jules Bianchi's No 17 from Formula One use

The FIA confirmed Monday that Jules Bianchi's No. 17 will no longer be used in the Formula One world championship.

Since last season, drivers have chosen a number that lasts for the whole of their career in the category.

An FIA statement said, “Jean Todt, president of the FIA, announced that the car number 17 will be retired from the FIA Formula One world championship in honor of Jules Bianchi.

“As F1 car numbers are now personally chosen by each driver, the FIA believes it tobe 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 championship.”

Bianchi died in a hospital in Nice, France, on Friday from injuries sustained in a crash when his car struck a recovery vehicle at the Japanese Grand Prix in October, 2014.

SOURCE: autoweek.com

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