FIA Formula One Super License regulations are for now a fantasy
Following Red Bull family’s recruitment of Max Verstappen to race in Formula One whilst just 17, the FIA decided enough was enough. A new set of tough regulations was designed to prevent ‘kids’ from stepping into an F1 race car and also to discourage drivers who had not demonstrated they could be competitive in other racing series. To race in Formula One a driver requires a super license and to qualify for one of these they must score 40 points from the following table in the three years preceding their application:
For the record Max Verstappen would not have qualified to drive in 2015, having just 20 points to his name from racing in previous seasons.
However, with today’s announcement that Rio Haryanto will drive alongside Pascal Wehrlein for Manor F1 this year, this means neither of this year’s rookie F1 drivers qualify for an F1 super license under the FIA’s new regulations. Both drivers do though qualify to drive in F1 because they have held one previously.
Clearly, it will take some years for the FIA to flush out these kind of drivers form the system and for their much lauded system of proper accreditation to become a reality.