F1 puts brakes on young drivers

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The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council met in Doha this week and passed several new changes for the 2015 season and beyond. One of the key changes is in regards to the age of a F1 driver.

Toro Rosso signed 17-year-old Max Verstappen and that left some asking whether a young man of that age has the experience and maturity to handle the world’s most advanced form of motor sport. Perhaps the FIA feels the same, as now a driver will have to be at least 18-years-old before they can achieve a Super License in which to compete in F1.

I guess that additional year is acceptable to the teams and the FIA. The other stipulation is that they will have to have had at least two years experience in a single-seater formula as well.

CRITERIA FOR THE ISSUING OF SUPER LICENCES

A proposal on the conditions of attribution of the Super Licence was approved for 2016, on the basis of the following criteria:

1- Safety criteria

The following changes have been made compared to the current regulations:

–       There is a valid driving licence requirement.

–       There is a minimum age requirement (18yo).

–       There is a verification of knowledge of the F1 Sporting Regulations/ISC rules.

2- Experience criteria

With the following changes compared to the current regulations:

–       There is the 300km in F1 TCC or TPC_ as a minimum requirement.

–       There is a 2 years minimum running in minor Formulas.

3- Performance criteria

With the following changes compared to the current regulations:

–       There is a point system requirement, based on the driver results in previous Formulas.

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