Mick Schumacher explains why he chose race number 47

Mick Schumacher will race with the number 47 on his car when he makes his debut in the 2021 F1 season.

The 21-year-old, who will make his grand prix debut with Haas, said the choice of number was partly inspired by his father Michael Schumacher’s seven world championship victories. His seventh title, won in 2004 when Mick was five years old, set a record which was equalled by Lewis Hamilton last year.

“Definitely ‘seven’ is partly because of that,” said Schumacher of his father’s achievement, “but it’s also just a number that I generally like personally and I guess also our family we like the seven.”

Formula 1 drivers can select any number between two and 99, which is not in use by someone else, to serve as their permanent racing number.

“Four and seven are two of the numbers that I really like,” said Schumacher when asked about his choice of racing number – “Obviously four for F3 and the seven because obviously seven is a number that is very close to me as well.”

Both numbers currently belong to other drivers – Lando Norris uses four and Kimi Raikkonen has seven. “As both of them were taken, I think 47 was the best choice,” Schumacher continued – “Then at the end as well, which is quite, let’s say, ‘unblinded’, was the fact that if we calculated all the birthdays of our family together it would equal 47. So it was a pretty nice feature to it and I think it just underlined that we should choose that number.” – the Ferrari Academy Driver talent concluded.

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