From 2020 practice sessions will carry points for drivers to gain their ‘superlicence’, according to a report from Autosport.
Current rules mean that 40 ‘superlicence points’ generated across three seasons are required for a driver to be able to earn their superlicence.
The single-seater junior formulas – F2 down to F4 all carry these points, while other major categories such as IndyCar and the World Endurance Championship are also included in the list of series.
Participating in free practice sessions on a grand prix weekend will become a new way to earn points from 2020. Drivers who haven’t earned 40 points can take part in free practice through earning a ‘free practice only’ superlicence, which only requires 25 points.
Williams reserve driver and current F2 Championship leader Nicholas Latifi, who drove the FW42 in FP1 at his home-race in Canada, is an example of someone who could take advantage of this ruling.
A racer who successfully completes 100km during a free practice session will earn a point per gp weekend, as long as they don’t incur any penalty points, but the amount a driver can earn is capped at 10 across three seasons.
The FIA have also announced that the new all-women’s W-Series will be added to the list of series which carry superlicence points.
It will join the Euroformula Open in gaining recognition from next year, though Autosport say that the FIA have not yet announced how many points are on offer or who can get them.
As part of the criteria for a series to carry superlicence points, the FIA specified that “as part of the requirement for the championship to be held on three different tracks, any alternative circuit configuration recognised and licensed by the FIA may be considered to be a track for these purposes”.
A championship must include five “competitions”, including a minimum of 72 hours between “the end of one competition and the start of the subsequent competition”.