Seven time world champion Michael Schumacher, who has come out of retirement to drive for Mercedes Benz in a 3 year multi-million dollar deal is already exherting some of his influence over the new team.

Schumacher was originally destined for the #4 car, the team securing numbers 3 and 4 from BrawnGP’s constructors championship win.

However Schuey, who says he prefers odd numbered cars, now has the higher numbered machine.

“Ross [Brawn] knows that I like odd numbers,” Schumacher was reported as saying by German newspaper Bild.

A Mercedes GP team spokesperson told Reuters: “Michael has a preference for odd numbers. He asked if he could be the odd number and we were happy to accept.”

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