The World Touring Car Championship, Germany’s DTM, the American Indy Lights series and the CIK-FIA karting world championships will now all contribute towards the 40 points drivers must accumulate over three years in order to be allowed to compete in Formula One.
The weightings of the other championships have also been revised. No championship will award more than 40 points, however the highest-ranked series will give that maximum the more than one driver.
Formula Renault 3.5 now awards more points than GP3, though still less than the FIA’s Formula Three championship. Japanese Super Formula, which features some of the fastest cars outside of F1, has always been given more points, yet is still rated lower than GP3.
Junior Formula Renault championships have also increased in importance, with the champion now receiving ten points instead of five.
The FIA has also confirmed the Formula E champion will be eligible for an F1 superlicence, although the series is not included in the points system. It will also allow drivers who earn enough superlicence points to qualify for F1 but do to immediately gain a drive to retain them for up to three years.
Revised 2016 FIA F1 Superlicence points structure
|Future FIA F2 championship||40||40||40||30||20||10||8||6||4||3||201|
|FIA F3 European championship||40||30||20||10||8||6||4||3||2||1||124|
|World Endurance Championship (LMP1 only)||40||30||20||10||8||6||4||3||2||1||124|
|Formula Renault 3.5||35||25||20||15||10||7||5||3||2||1||123|
|Japanese Super Formula||25||20||15||10||7||5||3||2||1||0||88|
|National FIA Formula Four championships||12||10||7||5||3||2||1||0||0||0||40|
|National Formula Three championships||10||7||5||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||26|
|Formula Renault 2.0 (EuroCup, ALPS or NEC)||10||7||5||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||26|
|CIK-FIA World Championships (Senior)||5||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||11|
Original 2016 FIA F1 Superlicence points structure
|Future FIA F2 championship||60||50||40||30||20||10||8||6||4||3|
|FIA F3 European Championship||40||30||20||10||8||6||4||3||2||1|
|FIA World Endurance Championship (LMP1 only)||40||30||20||10||8||6||4||3||2||1|
|Formula Renault 3.5||30||20||15||10||7||5||3||2||1||0|
|Japanese Super Formula||20||15||10||7||5||3||2||1||0||0|
|FIA-certified national Formula Four championships||10||7||5||2||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|National Formula Three championships||10||7||5||2||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Formula Renault EuroCup, ALPS or NEC||5||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
2016 F1 season
- Are tickets too dear? Crowds fell at some tracks in 2016
- F1’s TV audience decline stopped in 2016
- Brawn among key F1 hires announced by Liberty
- Has F1 hit ‘peak penalties’? Fewer sanctions in 2016
- Brundle reveals Monaco GP heart attack