FIA launches new F1 superlicence system

Max Verstappen would not qualify for a superlicence under this new FIA system

Max Verstappen would not qualify for a superlicence under this new FIA system

The FIA will introduce a new points system to determine how drivers qualify for a Formula 1 superlicence from 2016 onwards.

The initiative aims to ensure drivers who progress to F1 carry the necessary experience required to compete in the category.

As part of the new system the FIA states drivers must be at least 18 years old and have completed two seasons in junior single seaters to be deemed eligible for a superlicence.

Applicants will also need to hold a valid road car driving licence, complete 300km of testing in an F1 car and pass a test on FIA sporting regulations.

Drivers hoping to progress to F1 will need to accrue at least 40 points via the new points system prior to applying for a superlicence.

Points are awarded for overall championship finishes in GP2, a future F2 championship, IndyCar, FIA F3, WEC (LMP1 only), GP3, Formula Renault 3.5, Super Formula, FIA national F4, National F3 and Formula Renault 2.0 series.

The new system will also see GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5 champions requiring success in other categories to earn enough points to qualify for a superlicence.

Under these guidelines Toro Rosso’s new 17-year-old recruit Max Verstappen would not be granted a super licence due to his age and lack of single seater experience, having completed just one season in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship.

The Dutchman finished third in the championship last season which would grant him just 20 points.

However, if the rule was applied more than 10 years ago Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel would not have qualified for a superlicence when they graduated to F1.

The new FIA superlicence points system

Championship position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Future FIA F2 Championship   60 50 40 40 20 10 8 6 4 3
GP2 Series   50 40 30 20 10 8 6 4 3 2
FIA F3 European Championship 40 30 20 10 8 6 4 3 2 1
FIA WEC (LMP1 only)    40 30 20 10 8 6 4 3 2 1
IndyCar  40 30 20 10 8 6 4 3 2 1
GP3 Series   30 20 15 10 7 5 3 2 1 0
Formula Renault 3.5    30 20 15 10 7 5 3 2 1 0
Japanese Super Formula 20 17 10 7 5 3 2 1 0 0
National FIA F4 championships 10 7 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
National F3 championships      10 7 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Formula Renault (EuroCup, ALPS or NEC) 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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