The FIA has tweaked its points allocation for the Super Licence required to race in Formula 1 for 2018, placing a greater onus on Formula 2 as being the final step on the single-seater ladder.
In a bid to tighten up on the route drivers took to reach F1, the FIA introduced a new points system for the Super Licence from 2016.
Drivers require a score of 40 points in a three-year period to be granted an FIA Super Licence, with different scores being awarded for success across a variety of categories.
Previously, drivers scored the full 40 points required for a top-two finish in GP2 (now F2) or winning the title in IndyCar, FIA Formula 3, Formula E or the FIA World Endurance Championship’s LMP1 class.
As of 2018, 40 points will only be awarded for a top-three finish in F2 or winning the IndyCar drivers’ title, with the other series facing points reductions.
One of the most devalued championships is Formula V8 3.5, formerly seen as being equivalent to GP2, with a title win previously worth 35 points now worth just 20.
Here are the points breakdowns for the most valuable championships, running from P1 in the final standings to P10.
FIA Super Licence Points Allocations
Formula 2: 40-40-40-30-20-10-8-6-4-3 IndyCar: 40-30-20-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 FIA F3: 30-25-20-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 Formula E: 30-25-20-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 WEC LMP1: 30-24-20-16-12-10-8-6-4-2 GP3: 25-20-15-10-7-5-3-2-1-0 Formula V8 3.5: 20-15-10-8-6-4-3-2-1-0 Super Formula: 20-15-10-8-6-4-3-2-1-0
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