The FIA have announced they will retire number 17 from Formula 1 in respect to Jules Bianchi who passed away this weekend from injuries sustained in the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. The Statement read:
“Jean Todt, President of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) announced 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.”
Bianchi’s funeral will be held on Tuesday.