F1-style superlicence could be coming to junior series

Jamie Woodhouse
Mahaveer Raghunathan inspires rethink to F2 penalty points system.

Mahaveer Raghunathan inspires rethink to F2 penalty points system.

FIA president Jean Todt says they are considering introducing an F1-style superlicence system into junior series.

Since 2015 a points system has been in place to offer a certain number of points to drivers in major championships, based on their finishing positions. These points, along with the requirement of being over 18 and having at least two years of experience in junior single-seaters, allows drivers to obtain a superlicence and compete in F1.

The idea was largely a response to Max Verstappen debuting for Toro Rosso in 2015 at just 17, but now the debate of whether it should also be present in junior racing has been started by the actions of F2 driver Mahaveer Raghunathan.

Competing for MP Motorsport, Raghunathan has spent most of his debut F2 campaign well off the pace, but on top of that he picked up a staggering 24th penalty point of the season at the Abu Dhabi GP.

The Indian driver already became the first to be banned under the system with his 12 points causing him to miss the Austrian round, and only a “technicality” stopped him from picking up another ban, that being the regulation that all points are voided when a season ends.

But, Todt has admitted that the FIA are looking into the possibility of extending the superlicence system to create qualification for junior series.

“I do believe that what we did with the superlicence for the drivers – it’s something we need to apply for the lower categories, starting from Formula 4, Formula 3, Formula 2,” the FIA president is quoted by Autosport.com.

“It’s something that we need to address, but it’s cars that are very competitive, very quick, it’s a lot of wheel-to-wheel racing.

“It’s something we are considering for the future, we spoke about it internally, I did not hear recently about that, but it’s a topic which is on the table.”

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