Michael Schumacher has told the German press that has asked Ross Brawn if it is OK for him to swap the number 4 for his team-mate Nico Rosberg’s number 3.
This is because Schumacher has said that ‘Ross knows that I like odd numbers.’ You may think that this is slightly odd 😉 (two in one!), but he actually has a point. Michael Schumacher has started 249 grand prix, and had an odd number on his last 248.
His first ever race was the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix racing for the new Jordan team (now Force India) with the number 32. He retired before the second corner on the first lap with Clutch failure.
He then moved to Benetton (Renault) for the rest of 1991 and 1992 with the number 19. In 1993 and 1994 he raced with the number 5.
As reigning World Champion in 1995 and 1996 at Benetton and Ferrari respectively, he was awarded the number 1.
1997 saw him race under 5 again. In 1998, 1999 and 2000 he was number 3.
From 2001-2005, the number 1 never left his car. Finally, in his last season until now in 2006, Schumacher was yet again number 5. Had he been fit to race in 2009, he would have had Massa’s number…number 3.