Licences, driver protocole and penalties

Teams can use up to four drivers in one season, but they all have to possess an FIA Super Licence, must be 18 years old and meet strict performance standards.

All drivers must accumulate 40 points over a three-year period with point allocation based on which motorsport series they participated in and the level of results they achieved. If a driver qualify for a superlicence but don’t secure an F1 seat, they get a three-year grace period in which their points are still valid.

To obtain the Super Licence, drivers also have to spend at least two years in junior single-seater categories, have a valid road car driver’s licence and pass a test on the F1 sporting regulations. Also, they h