Nicholas Latifi has revealed his chosen race number that he will use during his debut Formula 1 season in 2020.
Latifi, who graduates from Formula 2, opted to pick 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg’s former number that the German raced with in the latter stages of his career.
Rosberg sported the number six when permanent numbers became a rule in 2014, the same as his father Keke used in his 1982 title-winning season.
As he retired after winning the championship four years ago, the regulations state that the number is not available to other drivers for at least two seasons.
But Latifi, who also carried the number six on his DAMS F2 car for the past two years, said Rosberg in no way influenced his decision.
“I’m sure you’re all wondering what number I’ve decided to choose for the upcoming Formula 1 season,” Latifi said in a video posted by Williams on Twitter.
“I decided to choose number six. The reason I chose this is because I’m from Toronto, and Toronto is known as ‘The Six’, basically, because if you’re from there, your area code for your phone number is either 416 or 617.
“It’s a bit silly, but it kind of stuck, so I decided to choose that.”
Latifi will partner ex-F2 rival George Russell at Williams this season after finishing runner-up to Nyck de Vries in the 2019 standings.