The FIA World Motor Sport Council have decided to make changed to the superlicence rules in order to react on the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the world.
The FIA Super Licence is a driver's qualification allowing the holder to compete in the Formula One World Championship. There are several requirements drivers need to meet, including: minimum age of 18, International Grade A competition licence, passing of an FIA theory test on knowledge of the F1 sporting codes and regulations and a valid road car driving licence for the country listed as the driver's nationality.
The most critical requirement is usually the superlicence points. Previously, drivers had to score at least 40 points over a three-year period via a series of motorsport championships to qualify for an FIA Racing Super Licence.
FIA has now changed this rule by extending it by a year to four years, when 2020 is included, to tally the points. The change also states that „drivers who did not gather the required 40 Super Licence points due to circumstances out of their control or reasons of force majeure will have the opportunity for their case to be considered by the FIA.
The change in full: „In the wake of the current global situation, the window in which drivers will be allowed to score Super Licence points has been extended from three to four years. The highest number of points accumulated in any three years of a four-year period that includes 2020 will be taken into account.
„Drivers who did not gather the required 40 Super Licence points due to circumstances out of their control or reasons of force majeure will have the opportunity for their case to be considered by the FIA.
„Drivers must have scored a minimum of 30 points and consistently demonstrated outstanding driving ability in single-seater cars to be able to apply under this new regulation.”