The FIA has confirmed new criteria for an F1 drive.
As a reaction to 17 year old Max Verstappen bagging a drive for the Toro Rosso F1 team in 2015, the new criteria will ensure budding drivers are at least 18 years old to drive at the top level.
An examination about the sporting regulations of F1 must be passed by a driver, as well as a practical driving test in the competitor’s home country (something announced back in December).
Two years in junior categories must have also been completed by a driver to qualify for F1 and he or she must have amassed at least 40 points in three years prior to applying for the superlicence. These points are gained by placing well at the end of seasons in junior categories such as GP2.
A future FIA F2 championship will be the most valuable category to win but no news about its inception has been made public yet. The last F2 championship run by the FIA began in 2009 but folded after just four years.
Becoming GP2 Series Champion will earn a driver 50 points with Vice-Champion being awarded 40. For the foreseeable future, GP2 is the most rewarding Series to compete in.
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