Formula 1 super licence conditions set for review


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.