FIA confirms it will retire No. 17 from F1 in honor of Jules Bianchi

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FIA President Jean Todt has confirmed that the No. 17, Jules Bianchi’s number, will be retired from competition in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

In a statement released by the FIA, the organization felt it appropriate to honor the number that the driver picked.

F1 moved to having drivers pick their own numbers for their careers starting with the 2014 season.

The statement read:

“Jean Todt, President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) announced that the car number 17 will be retired from the FIA Formula One World Championship in honour of Jules Bianchi.

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

The move was announced a day before Bianchi’s funeral, which is set for Tuesday.