FIA to retire No. 17 from Formula 1 in honor of Jules Bianchi

Jules Bianchi raced the No. 17 in 2014.

The FIA has confirmed that Jules Bianchi’s No. 17 will no longer be used in the F1 World Championship.

Since last season, drivers have chosen a number that lasts for the whole of their career in the category.

An FIA statement said: "Jean Todt, President of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) announced that the car No. 17 will be retired from the FIA Formula One World Championship in honor 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 No. 17. As a result, this number can no longer be used for a car competing in the FIA Formula One World Championship."