Formula 1 super licence conditions set for review

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Following the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Beijing this week, the FIA has confirmed that it will be reviewing the conditions for awarding a super licence ahead of the 2016 Formula 1 season.

A super licence is mandatory for all drivers racing in F1, and is generally regarded as the main barrier to entry for the sport. With one, a driver is deemed to be good enough to race.

However, in recent weeks, its suitability been thrown into question. This came following the announcement that 16-year-old Max Verstappen will be racing for Toro Rosso in 2015 after just one season in single seaters, prompting concerns about the ease with which a super licence can be secured.

The arrival of Caterham’s Roberto Merhi in Formula 1 has also raised a few questions. At 23, the Spaniard is more experienced, and has raced in a number of different series. However, after completing just one practice session in an F1 car, he has already done enough to gain a super licence, and could make his full debut at the Singapore Grand Prix next weekend.

Now though, the FIA has confirmed that steps will be taken to review the process and make changes if necessary.

“A mandate has been given to the FIA Administration to review the qualification and conditions for the issuing of a super licence, in consultation with all parties concerned,” a statement reads. “A proposal will be put forward for WMSC approval in December for implementation in 2016.”

The FIA will announce the changes made following its next meeting, which is set to take place in Qatar on December 3rd.

As part of the statement from the World Motor Sport Council, the calendar for the 2015 F1 season was also confirmed, featuring 20 races.

You can read the full statement, which also features notes on WEC, Formula E and WRC, by clicking here.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.