FIA introduces new Super Licence rules

By on Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Red Bull/Getty Images

Red Bull/Getty Images

The FIA has introduced new Super Licence qualification regulations, which will be introduced from the start of 2016.

Amid concerns that drivers were able to obtain Super Licenses with ease, revised rules will come into effect, the most prominent being that a driver has to be 18 years old to qualify.

That means that while 17-year-old Max Verstappen is still permitted to race for Toro Rosso in 2015, future youngsters will have to wait until they are 18 before they can qualify for a Super Licence.

Another new introduction which would have prevented Verstappen from racing in Formula 1 next season is that drivers must compete in 'minor formulas' for two years before they can qualify for a Super Licence.

Had that regulation been in place in the 2000s, Kimi Raikkonen would not have been able to make his Formula 1 debut in 2001.

A points system will also be introduced based on results in junior formulae.

If you liked this post then share it with your friends on social media websites. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with the latest F1 news.