The 2015 Formula One grid is complete from a numerology standpoint, as Sauber rookie Felipe Nasr has identified his new car number of 12 for next season and beyond.
His choice of 12 joins fellow rookies Max Verstappen (33), Carlos Sainz Jr. (55) and four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel (5) as adding new car numbers to the grid.
Current World Champion Lewis Hamilton expects to keep his No. 44 rather than adopt the champion’s No. 1 next season.
Here’s the design of Nasr’s number:
And here’s the full rundown of car numbers by numerical order next season. Caterham’s participation is still to be determined:
3 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull-Renault
5 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
6 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes
7 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari
8 Romain Grosjean, Lotus-Mercedes
9 Marcus Ericsson, Sauber-Ferrari
11 Sergio Perez, Force India-Mercedes
12 Felipe Nasr, Sauber-Ferrari
13 Pastor Maldonado, Lotus-Mercedes
14 Fernando Alonso, McLaren-Honda
19 Felipe Massa, Williams-Mercedes
22 Jenson Button, McLaren-Honda
26 Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull-Renault
27 Nico Hulkenberg, Force India-Mercedes
33 Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso-Renault
44 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
55 Carlos Sainz Jr., Toro Rosso-Renault
77 Valtteri Bottas, Williams-Mercedes
Bad news continues to come out of the Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki team as they announced Jo Shimoda injured his shoulder in a practice session and will not mount up when the Monster Energy Supercross 250 East division opens in Houston, Texas on February 4. A timetable has not been given for Shimoda’s return, but a press release from the team references multiple weeks.
“I’m doing my best to focus forward on my return to racing,” said Shimoda in the release. “Our goal was to compete for the 250 Supercross Eastern Regional Championship and I know we had been doing the right work to make that happen. Unfortunately, this crash will cause me to miss the start of the season, but I still aim to be back on the track racing for wins before the end of Supercross.”
Shimoda is joined on the sidelines by teammates Seth Hammaker and Austin Forkner, who also suffered injuries in recent weeks.
The news of Hammaker’s sidelining came just two days ago. His wrist injury is sufficient to require surgery, so he too will miss multiple weeks. Hammaker was scheduled to compete in the 250 East division alongside Shimoda.
Forkner was involved in a Lap 1 crash in the 250 West season opener at Anaheim. Multiple injuries, including an ACL tear, will sideline him for the remainder of the season. He described the injury and its aftermath on Instagram.
Forkner will be relieved by Carson Mumford, but not before that rider’s wrist has healed sufficiently. He is scheduled to debut with Kawasaki in Oakland for the rescheduled Round 2 Supercross race on February 18.
Shimoda finished fourth in the 2022 Supercross 250 West division and was second in 2021 points in 250 East. In 2021, Shimoda won his first Supercross race at Salt Lake City. Last year, he scored one podium and six top-fives in nine starts.
Shimoda finished second in last year’s outdoor Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season, where he added two more SuperMotocross wins including the Unadilla Nationals that kicked off a four-race streak of first- or second-place results.
Kawasaki is not the only team facing injury. Red Bull KTM initially reported Marvin Musquin would be out for the San Diego round with a wrist injury and “maybe more”. This week it was announced he will miss this week’s Triple Crown race in Anaheim and “at least the next several rounds.”