Retrie the number(s)
Don't retire number(s)
Alternative to retiring number(s) - Please post your suggestion
But yeah, it's your opinion, you know your stuff and I respect that. Everyone doesn't have to agree, but they should respect that.
Funny that Villeneuve should be brought up. Far from thinking it should be retired, many an F1 fan has actually moaned in the past about F1's post-1996 numbering system and low car count combining to mean that the #27 is no longer used, not because it's "retired" but because with only 24 cars numbers only go up to #25 (excluding #13), and many would love to see the #27 on track again.
You'd often hear "there's Mansell/Alesi in the red Ferrari #27, made famous by the late great Gilles Villeneuve" or words to that effect on the commentary to races in that period. The fact that these two carried the number with distinction (plus Prost for one year, although winless, and Senna for a year but in a McLaren), did more to keep his memory alive than just retiring the number.
Although actually Gilles only carried #27 for a season and a bit, and ran more races with the #12, but I'm going off on a tangent now. Suppose there's parallels with Dan there, ending his career with the 77 but achieving most of what he did with the 26.
Last edited by V12; 05-10-2012 at 10:02 AM.
Put a fork in this idea. Retirement of numbers is done.