It seems Michael Schumacher has already started to
piss off assert himself over Mercedes GP team-mate Nico Rosberg, and the season hasn’t even started yet!
The seven-time champion has asked his team if he can be assigned the race number 3, currently assigned to Nico as being the first of the team’s drivers to be signed for the 2010 season. Schumacher’s request comes with a hint of superstition, due to his preference for racing in odd-numbered cars.
In spite of Mercedes GP (under its predecessor Brawn GP) winning both the Driver’s and Constructors’ titles last year, the numbers 1 and 2 shift to McLaren due to the newly-crowned world champion Jenson Button transferring to the Woking team.
"Ross [Brawn, Team Principal] just knows that I like odd numbers," Schumacher told Germany’s Bild.
For the statisticians in the readership base, Schumacher – who has won an odd-numbered amount of titles and F1 races – has only ever raced in an even-numbered F1 car once, being Jordan’s #32 at his debut in the 1991 Belgian GP. He would retire from the race after a few hundred metres with a fried clutch.