Formula One comeback king Michael Schumacher has swapped racing numbers with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for superstitious reasons.
“Michael has a preference for odd numbers,” a team spokeswoman said on Wednesday. “He asked if he could be the odd number and we were happy to accept.”
She said the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) had approved the switch, with Schumacher now having number three on his car and Rosberg four, and a new list would be issued in due course.
As a seven-time world champion, Schumacher has spent much of his record-breaking F1 career with number one on his car. He won all his titles with odd numbers — five as number one and once with three and five — and retired with 91 wins.