FIA reveals amended Super Licence system

By on Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

The FIA has revealed its updated criteria which drivers must meet before they can gain their Super Licence.

A driver needs a Super Licence to compete in Formula 1 but the rules will be modified for applicants from next year.

Alongside a minimum age of 18, 300km of testing, two years in junior series and passing a test on the sporting regulations, youngsters will have to gain 40 points during three seasons prior to their application.

Winners of GP2, FIA Formula 3, IndyCar and the LMP1 class of the World Endurance Championship will automatically qualify for a Super Licence within a three year period, while a future FIA-backed F2 Series will reward drivers with the highest number of points.

The FIA has deemed that both GP3 and the Formula Renault 3.5 Series is worth 30 points to the champion, meaning that simply winning these series will not be enough for a driver to earn a Super Licence.

Other series listed include the Japan-based Super Formula championship, National F4 series backed by the FIA, national F3 Championships and Formula Renault series.

Under the updated regulations, neither Toro Rosso driver - Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz - would have earned the required 40 points across the previous seasons.

Had the system been in place when all of the current drivers made their debuts, the likes of Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button and Daniel Ricciardo would not have met the criteria.

The amended criteria also allows for drivers to make a return to Formula 1 so long as they have competed in 15 races in the sport within the last three years.

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