Verstappen to use race number 1 again next season

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing seen during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 18, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Credits: Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen has confirmed that he will use race number 1 in the 2023 Formula 1 season.

Verstappen made a switch from number 33 to number 1 following his world championship victory in 2021. The Dutchman won his second title in 2022 which made him eligible to use number 1 again.

Verstappen revealed that he will have number 1 on his car next year as well as in any season when he defends the title.

“Yes, I will use number 1 again next season. For me, starting number 1 is the most beautiful number there is for any racing driver,” he said.

“How often do you get the chance to drive with starting number 1 in your Formula 1 career? You never know.

“I can always go back to number 33 if I am no longer world champion. But as long as I am world champion, I will use number 1 every single year.”

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