Friday, 23 november 2018, 04:41 , by Martin Macdonald
Lewis Hamilton has been given permission by race organisers to don the #1 on his Mercedes livery for this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina. It will be the first time the number has featured in a race since Sebastian Vettel used it in 2014 as champion.
Usually, the #1 is reserved for champion drivers, while Hamilton has previously ditched that tradition in favour of his #44 which he has had throughout his career.
Hamilton's official number for the race has been confirmed as #44, but Mercedes have said that he asked permission for the #1 to make a return, with his wish subsequently being granted.
“It is car 44 on the entry list and timing screens and races under this number - the number is still present on the engine cover,” the Silver Arrows confirmed.
“But Lewis has requested and been given permission to run the number 1 on the nose at this final race of the season because he’s world champion. And it’s even a nice shade of metallic red to match his helmet!”
Hamilton has already secured the 2018 Formula 1 championship, taking his tally to five, after securing enough points at the Mexican Grand Prix last month.