Who can race in F1 in 2016? Revised superlicence points totals

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The 2016 F1 season will be the first in which any new drivers entering the championship must satisfy new criteria set down by the FIA which is designed to assess their performance in junior championships.

In January the FIA revealed its new superlicence points system, under which young drivers must accumulate at least 40 points over a three-year period in order to be allowed to race in F1.

However following complaints that some championships were under-valued and others were omitted entirely, the FIA revealed an overhauled points system on Friday. While some series were added for the first time, such as the DTM and Indy Lights, others benefitted from higher points allocations, such as Formula Renault 3.5 and Japanese Super Formula.

The result is that more drivers are now eligible to score points and potentially gain a place on the grid for 2016. Existing F1 drivers can remain eligible as long as they have driven in five grands prix in the previous year, or 15 over the previous three years.

F1 Fanatic has crunched the numbers and found 276 drivers have scored at least one superlicence point over the previous three years. The table below shows how many each has based on the criteria specified by the FIA.

For 2016, drivers’ points will be calculated based on the 2013-2015 period, so the table also shows how many points each driver will drop from 2012 and how many they need to gain this year in order to be eligible for a superlicence.

The FIA has also indicated that drivers who reach 40 superlicence points “will now keep this possibility for three years (e.g. typical F1 test driver situation)”. If this is applied retroactively, drivers who reached 40 points in 2014 and 2013 could also have the chance to race in F1 in 2016.

Superlicence points 2012-2014

Driver Scores Total Points needed in 2015 To drop from 2012 Scores counted from
Andre Lotterer 6 145 None 50 WEC LMP1 2014, WEC LMP1 2013, WEC LMP1 2012, Super Formula 2014, Super Formula 2013, Super Formula 2012
Marcel Fassler 3 100 None 40 WEC LMP1 2014, WEC LMP1 2013, WEC LMP1 2012
Benoit Treluyer 3 100 None 40 WEC LMP1 2014, WEC LMP1 2013, WEC LMP1 2012
Tom Kristensen 3 80 None 30 WEC LMP1 2014, WEC LMP1 2013, WEC LMP1 2012
Loic Duval 6 80 None 11 WEC LMP1 2014, WEC LMP1 2013, WEC LMP1 2012, Super Formula 2014, Super Formula 2013, Super Formula 2012
Will Power 3 80 None 30 IndyCar 2014, IndyCar 2013, IndyCar 2012
Scott Dixon 3 80 None 20 IndyCar 2014, IndyCar 2013, IndyCar 2012
Stoffel Vandoorne 3 75 None 10 GP2 2014, Formula Renault 3.5 2013, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2012
Raffaele Marciello 3 74 None 30 GP2 2014, Euro F3 2013, Euro F3 2012
Allan McNish 2 70 None 30 WEC LMP1 2013, WEC LMP1 2012
Helio Castroneves 3 70 None 10 IndyCar 2014, IndyCar 2013, IndyCar 2012
Kazuki Nakajima 4 63 2 25 WEC LMP1 2014, Super Formula 2014, Super Formula 2013, Super Formula 2012
Sam Bird 2 60 None 20 GP2 2013, Formula Renault 3.5 2012
Anthony Davidson 2 60 None 0 WEC LMP1 2014, WEC LMP1 2013
Sebastien Buemi 2 60 None 0 WEC LMP1 2014, WEC LMP1 2013
Felix Rosenqvist 3 53 7 20 Euro F3 2014, Euro F3 2013, Euro F3 2012
Alex Lynn 3 53 None 3 Euro F3 2013, GP3 2014, British F3 2012
Felipe Nasr* 3 52 None 2 GP2 2014, GP2 2013, GP2 2012
Mitchell Evans 2 50 20 30 GP2 2014, GP3 2012
Ryan Hunter-Reay 3 50 30 40 IndyCar 2014, IndyCar 2013, IndyCar 2012
Antonio Felix da Costa 3 50 20 30 GP3 2012, Formula Renault 3.5 2013, Formula Renault 3.5 2012
Daniil Kvyat* 3 47 10 17 GP3 2013, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2012, Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS 2012
Jolyon Palmer 2 46 None 0 GP2 2014, GP2 2013
Fabio Leimer 2 46 None 6 GP2 2013, GP2 2012
Luiz Razia 2 45 35 40 GP2 2012, Indy Lights 2014
Esteban Ocon 2 45 None 0 Euro F3 2014, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2013
Carlos Sainz Jnr* 2 43 5 8 Euro F3 2012, Formula Renault 3.5 2014
James Calado 2 40 10 10 GP2 2013, GP2 2012
Davide Valsecchi 1 40 40 40 GP2 2012
Daniel Juncadella 1 40 40 40 Euro F3 2012
Kevin Magnussen* 2 40 5 5 Formula Renault 3.5 2013, Formula Renault 3.5 2012
Tom Blomqvist 4 39 6 5 Euro F3 2014, Euro F3 2013, Euro F3 2012, German F3 2012
Alexander Wurz 3 38 22 20 WEC LMP1 2014, WEC LMP1 2013, WEC LMP1 2012
Yvan Muller 3 37 3 0 WTCC 2014, WTCC 2013, WTCC 2012
Nicolas Lapierre 3 36 24 20 WEC LMP1 2014, WEC LMP1 2013, WEC LMP1 2012
Simon Pagenaud 3 36 12 8 IndyCar 2014, IndyCar 2013, IndyCar 2012
Pierre Gasly 2 35 5 0 Formula Renault 3.5 2014, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2013
Robin Frijns 1 35 40 35 Formula Renault 3.5 2012
Joao Paulo de Oliveira 3 34 13 7 Super Formula 2014, Super Formula 2013, Super Formula 2012
Mike Rockenfeller 3 32 8 0 DTM 2014, DTM 2013, DTM 2012
Esteban Gutierrez* 1 30 40 30 GP2 2012
Neel Jani 2 30 20 10 WEC LMP1 2014, WEC LMP1 2012
Oliver Rowland 4 30 15 5 Formula Renault 3.5 2014, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2013, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2012, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2013
Jack Harvey 3 29 21 10 GP3 2013, British F3 2012, Indy Lights 2014
Stephane Sarrazin 2 28 12 0 WEC LMP1 2014, WEC LMP1 2013
Max Verstappen* 3 27 13 0 Euro F3 2014, CIK-FIA KZ 2013, CIK-FIA KF 2013
Lucas Auer 3 27 20 7 Euro F3 2014, Euro F3 2013, German F3 2012
Jordan King 4 27 20 7 Euro F3 2014, Euro F3 2013, British F3 2013, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2012
Gabby Chaves 2 27 13 0 Indy Lights 2014, Indy Lights 2013
Romain Dumas 2 26 20 6 WEC LMP1 2014, WEC LMP1 2012
Naoki Yamamoto 2 26 14 0 Super Formula 2013, Super Formula 2014
Marvin Kirchhofer 2 25 15 0 GP3 2014, German F3 2013
Jules Bianchi* 1 25 40 25 Formula Renault 3.5 2012
Bruno Spengler 2 25 15 0 DTM 2013, DTM 2012
Will Stevens* 2 22 18 0 Formula Renault 3.5 2014, Formula Renault 3.5 2013
Nyck De Vries 4 22 18 0 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2014, Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS 2014, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2013, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2012
Gabriele Tarquini 3 22 18 0 WTCC 2014, WTCC 2013, WTCC 2012
Rob Huff 2 22 18 0 WTCC 2013, WTCC 2012
Max Chilton* 1 20 40 20 GP2 2012
Marc Lieb 1 20 20 0 WEC LMP1 2014
Dean Stoneman 1 20 20 0 GP3 2014
Jimmy Eriksson 2 20 30 10 GP3 2014, German F3 2012
Nick Yelloly 3 20 30 10 GP3 2014, GP3 2013, Formula Renault 3.5 2012
Facu Regalia 1 20 20 0 GP3 2013
Conor Daly 2 20 25 5 GP3 2013, GP3 2012
Daniel Abt 1 20 40 20 GP3 2012
Roberto Merhi* 1 20 20 0 Formula Renault 3.5 2014
Koudai Tsukakoshi 1 20 40 20 Super Formula 2012
Stefano Coletti 2 18 22 0 GP2 2014, GP2 2013
Antonio Fuoco 2 18 22 0 Euro F3 2014, Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS 2013
Carlos Munoz 3 18 22 0 IndyCar 2014, Indy Lights 2013, Indy Lights 2012
Takuya Izawa 2 18 37 15 Super Formula 2013, Super Formula 2012
Nicolas Prost 3 17 33 10 WEC LMP1 2014, WEC LMP1 2013, WEC LMP1 2012
Yuichi Nakayama 2 17 30 7 Japanese F3 2013, Japanese F3 2012
Mattias Ekstrom 3 17 23 0 DTM 2014, DTM 2013, DTM 2012
Marco Wittmann 2 16 24 0 DTM 2014, DTM 2013
Jake Dennis 3 15 35 10 Euro F3 2014, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2012, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2013
Norman Nato 3 15 32 7 Formula Renault 3.5 2014, Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS 2012, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2012
Gary Paffett 2 15 25 0 DTM 2013, DTM 2012
Jose Maria Lopez 1 15 25 0 WTCC 2014
Sage Karam 1 15 25 0 Indy Lights 2013
Tristan Vautier 1 15 25 0 Indy Lights 2012
Christian Vietoris 2 14 26 0 DTM 2014, DTM 2013
Augusto Farfus 2 14 26 0 DTM 2013, DTM 2012
Johnny Cecotto Jnr 2 13 30 3 GP2 2014, GP2 2012
Antonio Giovinazzi 2 13 27 0 Euro F3 2014, British F3 2013
Emil Bernstorff 3 13 28 1 Euro F3 2012, GP3 2014, German F3 2013
Norbert Michelisz 3 13 27 0 WTCC 2014, WTCC 2013, WTCC 2012
Arthur Pic 3 12 31 3 GP2 2014, Formula Renault 3.5 2013, Formula Renault 3.5 2012
Marcus Ericsson* 2 12 32 4 GP2 2013, GP2 2012
Lucas di Grassi 2 12 28 0 WEC LMP1 2014, WEC LMP1 2013
Tio Ellinas 2 12 30 2 GP3 2013, GP3 2012
Sergey Sirotkin 2 12 28 0 Formula Renault 3.5 2014, Formula Renault 3.5 2013
Nico Muller 2 12 30 2 Formula Renault 3.5 2013, Formula Renault 3.5 2012
Marco Sorensen 2 12 35 7 Formula Renault 3.5 2013, Formula Renault 3.5 2012
Ryo Hirakawa 2 12 38 10 Super Formula 2014, Japanese F3 2012
Lance Stroll 1 12 28 0 Italian F4 2014
Bruno Baptista 1 12 28 0 Formula 4 Sudamericana 2014
Dennis Olsen 2 12 28 0 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2014, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2013
Alain Menu 1 12 28 0 WTCC 2012
Zach Veach 2 12 28 0 Indy Lights 2014, Indy Lights 2013
Esteban Guerrieri 1 12 28 0 Indy Lights 2012
Pascal Wehrlein 2 11 39 10 Euro F3 2012, DTM 2014
William Buller 2 11 35 6 Euro F3 2012, British F3 2013
Aaro Vainio 2 11 39 10 GP3 2013, GP3 2012
Nobuharu Matsushita 2 11 29 0 Japanese F3 2014, Japanese F3 2013
Juan Pablo Montoya 1 10 30 0 IndyCar 2014
Marco Andretti 2 10 30 0 IndyCar 2014, IndyCar 2013
Mattia Drudi 1 10 30 0 Italian F4 2014
Felipe Ortiz 1 10 30 0 Formula 4 Sudamericana 2014
Markus Pommer 1 10 30 0 German F3 2014
Takamoto Katsuta 2 10 30 0 Japanese F3 2014, Japanese F3 2013
Simon Hodge 1 10 30 0 Australian F3 2014
Ben Gersekowski 2 10 30 0 Australian F3 2014, Australian F3 2013
Tim Macrow 1 10 30 0 Australian F3 2013
James Winslow 1 10 40 10 Australian F3 2012
Pedro Piquet 1 10 30 0 Brazilian F3 2014
Martin Cao 1 10 30 0 British F3 2014
Benjamin Barnicoat 1 10 30 0 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2014
Matt Parry 1 10 30 0 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2013
Charles Leclerc 2 10 30 0 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS 2014, CIK-FIA KZ 2013
Edoardo Mortara 2 10 30 0 DTM 2014, DTM 2012
Jamie Green 1 10 30 0 DTM 2012
Sebastien Loeb 1 10 30 0 WTCC 2014
James Nash 1 10 30 0 WTCC 2013
Gustavo Yacaman 1 10 30 0 Indy Lights 2012
Harry Tincknell 2 9 32 1 Euro F3 2013, British F3 2012
Mathias Beche 2 9 31 0 WEC LMP1 2014, WEC LMP1 2013
Giedo van der Garde* 1 8 40 8 GP2 2012
Rinaldo Capello 1 8 40 8 WEC LMP1 2012
Jazeman Jaafar 2 8 39 7 British F3 2012, Formula Renault 3.5 2014
Flavio Camponeschi 2 8 32 0 CIK-FIA KZ 2014, CIK-FIA KF 2012
Tom Joyner 2 8 32 0 CIK-FIA KF 2013, CIK-FIA KF 2012
Stephane Richelmi 2 7 33 0 GP2 2014, GP2 2013
Matias Laine 1 7 40 7 GP3 2012
Nigel Melker 1 7 33 0 Formula Renault 3.5 2013
Hiroaki Ishiura 1 7 33 0 Super Formula 2014
Tsugio Matsuda 2 7 35 2 Super Formula 2013, Super Formula 2012
Andrea Russo 1 7 33 0 Italian F4 2014
Agustin Lima 1 7 33 0 Formula 4 Sudamericana 2014
Nabil Jeffri 1 7 33 0 German F3 2014
Artem Markelov 1 7 33 0 German F3 2013
Kenta Yamashita 1 7 33 0 Japanese F3 2014
John Magro 1 7 33 0 Australian F3 2013
Chris Gilmour 1 7 40 7 Australian F3 2012
Bruno Etman 1 7 33 0 Brazilian F3 2014
Matt Rao 1 7 33 0 British F3 2014
Louis Deletraz 1 7 33 0 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2014
Jack Aitken 1 7 33 0 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2013
Luca Ghiotto 1 7 33 0 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS 2013
Tom Coronel 2 7 33 0 WTCC 2014, WTCC 2012
Matthew Brabham 1 7 33 0 Indy Lights 2014
Jack Hawksworth 1 7 33 0 Indy Lights 2013
Sebastian Saavedra 1 7 33 0 Indy Lights 2012
Tony Kanaan 2 6 36 2 IndyCar 2014, IndyCar 2012
Justin Wilson 1 6 34 0 IndyCar 2013
James Hinchcliffe 2 6 37 3 IndyCar 2013, IndyCar 2012
Ryan Briscoe 1 6 40 6 IndyCar 2012
Bruno Bonifacio 2 6 34 0 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS 2013, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2014
Tiago Monteiro 2 6 34 0 WTCC 2014, WTCC 2013
Tom Chilton 2 6 34 0 WTCC 2014, WTCC 2013
Sven Muller 2 5 38 3 Euro F3 2013, Euro F3 2012
Dario Franchitti 2 5 39 4 IndyCar 2013, IndyCar 2012
James Rossiter 1 5 35 0 Super Formula 2014
Leonardo Pulcini 1 5 35 0 Italian F4 2014
Francisco Camarotta 1 5 35 0 Formula 4 Sudamericana 2014
Indy Dontje 1 5 35 0 German F3 2014
Kimiya Sato 1 5 40 5 German F3 2012
Mitsunori Takaboshi 1 5 35 0 Japanese F3 2014
Katsumasa Chiyo 1 5 35 0 Japanese F3 2013
Hideki Yamauchi 1 5 40 5 Japanese F3 2012
Chris Anthony 1 5 35 0 Australian F3 2014
Nick Foster 1 5 35 0 Australian F3 2013
Steel Guiliana 1 5 40 5 Australian F3 2012
Lukas Moraes 1 5 35 0 Brazilian F3 2014
Camren Kaminsky 1 5 35 0 British F3 2014
Felix Serralles 1 5 40 5 British F3 2012
Alexander Albon 1 5 35 0 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2014
Seb Morris 1 5 35 0 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2014
Josh Hill 1 5 40 5 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2012
Matevos Isaakyan 1 5 35 0 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS 2014
Paul-Loup Chatin 1 5 40 5 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS 2012
Steijn Schothorst 3 5 35 0 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2014, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2013, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2012
Robert Wickens 1 5 35 0 DTM 2013
Peter Dempsey 1 5 35 0 Indy Lights 2013
Marco Ardrigo 1 5 35 0 CIK-FIA KZ 2014
Lando Norris 1 5 35 0 CIK-FIA KF 2014
Nick Heidfeld 2 4 36 0 WEC LMP1 2014, WEC LMP1 2013
Jonny Kane 1 4 40 4 WEC LMP1 2012
Nick Leventis 1 4 40 4 WEC LMP1 2012
Danny Watts 1 4 40 4 WEC LMP1 2012
Kevin Korjus 2 4 37 1 GP3 2013, Formula Renault 3.5 2012
Tomoki Nojiri 2 4 37 1 Japanese F3 2013, Japanese F3 2012
Martin Tomczyk 2 4 36 0 DTM 2014, DTM 2012
Juan Pablo Garcia 2 4 36 0 Indy Lights 2014, Indy Lights 2013
Ben Hanley 2 4 36 0 CIK-FIA KZ 2013, CIK-FIA KF 2013
Alexander Rossi 1 3 37 0 GP2 2013
Luis Derani 1 3 37 0 Euro F3 2013
Alexander Sims 2 3 37 0 Euro F3 2013, GP3 2013
Harold Primat 1 3 40 3 WEC LMP1 2012
Andrea Belicchi 1 3 40 3 WEC LMP1 2012
Dino Zamparelli 1 3 37 0 GP3 2014
Patric Niederhauser 1 3 40 3 GP3 2012
Matthieu Vaxiviere 1 3 37 0 Formula Renault 3.5 2014
Yuji Kunimoto 1 3 37 0 Super Formula 2014
Takashi Kogure 1 3 37 0 Super Formula 2013
Kazuya Oshima 1 3 40 3 Super Formula 2012
Alain Valente 1 3 37 0 Italian F4 2014
Nicolas Muraglia 1 3 37 0 Formula 4 Sudamericana 2014
Sam MacLeod 1 3 37 0 German F3 2014
Gustavo Menezes 1 3 37 0 German F3 2013
Mitchell Gilbert 1 3 40 3 German F3 2012
Richard Bradley 1 3 40 3 Japanese F3 2012
Ricky Capo 1 3 37 0 Australian F3 2014
Jordan Skinner 1 3 40 3 Australian F3 2012
Arthur Fortunato 1 3 37 0 Brazilian F3 2014
Felipe Guimaraes 1 3 37 0 British F3 2013
Andrea Pizzitola 1 3 37 0 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2014
Jeroen Slaghekke 1 3 37 0 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2012
George Russell 1 3 37 0 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS 2014
Kevin Jorg 1 3 37 0 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS 2013
Oscar Tunjo 1 3 37 0 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS 2012
Jorge Goncalvez 1 3 37 0 Indy Lights 2013
Victor Carbone 1 3 37 0 Indy Lights 2012
Nikita Mazepin 1 3 37 0 CIK-FIA KF 2014
Julian Leal 1 2 38 0 GP2 2014
Tom Dillmann 1 2 38 0 GP2 2013
Nicholas Latifi 2 2 38 0 Euro F3 2014, British F3 2013
Michael Lewis 1 2 40 2 Euro F3 2012
Brendon Hartley 1 2 38 0 WEC LMP1 2014
Mark Webber* 1 2 38 0 WEC LMP1 2014
Timo Bernhard 1 2 38 0 WEC LMP1 2014
Marc Gene 1 2 38 0 WEC LMP1 2013
Oliver Jarvis 1 2 38 0 WEC LMP1 2013
Charlie Kimball 1 2 38 0 IndyCar 2013
Richie Stanaway 1 2 38 0 GP3 2014
Marlon Stockinger 1 2 38 0 Formula Renault 3.5 2014
Daiki Sasaki 2 2 38 0 Japanese F3 2014, CIK-FIA KF 2012
Kohei Hirate 2 2 39 1 Super Formula 2013, Super Formula 2012
Andrea Fontana 1 2 38 0 Italian F4 2014
Diego Muraglia 1 2 38 0 Formula 4 Sudamericana 2014
Maxime Martin 1 2 38 0 DTM 2014
Michel Nykjaer 1 2 38 0 WTCC 2013
Stefano D’Aste 1 2 38 0 WTCC 2012
Juan Piedrahita 1 2 38 0 Indy Lights 2014
Oliver Webb 1 2 38 0 Indy Lights 2012
Rick Dreezen 1 2 38 0 CIK-FIA KZ 2014
Jordon Lennox-Lamb 1 2 38 0 CIK-FIA KZ 2013
Jehan Daruvala 1 2 38 0 CIK-FIA KF 2014
Felice Tiene 1 2 38 0 CIK-FIA KF 2012
David Brabham 1 1 40 1 WEC LMP1 2012
Peter Dumbreck 1 1 40 1 WEC LMP1 2012
Karun Chandhok 1 1 40 1 WEC LMP1 2012
Sebastien Bourdais 1 1 39 0 IndyCar 2014
Graham Rahal 1 1 40 1 IndyCar 2012
Jann Mardenborough 1 1 39 0 GP3 2014
Kevin Ceccon 1 1 40 1 GP3 2012
Weiron Tan 1 1 39 0 German F3 2014
John Bryant-Meisner 1 1 39 0 German F3 2013
Jordan Oon 1 1 39 0 Australian F3 2013
Hayden Cooper 1 1 40 1 Australian F3 2012
Raphael Raucci 1 1 39 0 Brazilian F3 2014
Zhi Cong Li 1 1 39 0 British F3 2014
Andre Negrao 1 1 39 0 Formula Renault 3.5 2013
Joao Vieira 1 1 39 0 Italian F4 2014
Juan Manuel Casella 1 1 39 0 Formula 4 Sudamericana 2014
Gustav Malja 1 1 39 0 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2014
Simon Gachet 1 1 39 0 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS 2014
Egor Orudzhev 1 1 39 0 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS 2013
William Vermont 1 1 39 0 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS 2012
Pepe Oriola 1 1 39 0 WTCC 2012
Scott Anderson 1 1 39 0 Indy Lights 2014
David Ostella 1 1 39 0 Indy Lights 2012
Mirko Torsellini 1 1 39 0 CIK-FIA KZ 2014
Callum Ilott 1 1 39 0 CIK-FIA KF 2014
Karol Basz 1 1 39 0 CIK-FIA KF 2013

*Will be eligible at the end of 2015 due to prior F1 experience
NB. Nelson Piquet Jnr is also eligible for a superlicence as the winner of the Formula E championship

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31 comments on “Who can race in F1 in 2016? Revised superlicence points totals”

  1. Interesting to see the overview. So its possible more drivers will be added for the next year based on this years results then?

  2. Another list showing which current drivers wouldn’t be eligible for a super license at their debut if this system had been in effect would be interesting to see.

    1. That hasn’t changed a great deal from when we looked at it before:

      https://www.racefans.net/2015/01/06/new-superlicence-rules-barred-ten-drivers-last-five-years/

      The most significant change, Sainz, is mentioned in this companion piece which has just gone up:

      https://www.racefans.net/2015/07/15/the-winners-from-f1s-superlicence-points-change/

      Of course once you try to extend this kind of analysis back more than a few years you hit the problem of there being many championships which don’t exist any more.

  3. Overall I still think this is a good idea. It would eliminate the lowest levels of pay drivers (not that it’d stop the complaining about supposed pay drivers but you could write a book on that) and ensure that everyone entering F1 is already at a high standard, as it should be for motorsport’s peak.

  4. I have to say, there are no names in this list who currently are elligible or probably will be considering recent form and projected result, who would be a disgrace in F1. I still don’t like the system (there are non elligible people who could be F1 ready) but at least if you look at the list, it most probably won’t yield any bad drivers in F1 at least for next year

  5. If Maldonado can have one, they might as well just hand them out with boxes of Kelloggs.

    1. teehee/10

  6. I’d like to see a guaranteed F1 seat (or several..) available to the winner of a feeder series, be that GP2 or the new one. If we can’t change the financial reasons for ‘pay drivers’ getting races then at least it would bypass these and bring in fresh, qualified blood each year.

    1. @gridlock Interesting: I like the sentiment but I strongly disagree with the principle. And the latter is why I don’t like the superlicence points system.

      Who the teams put in their cars is a sporting decision and it should be theirs and theirs alone. I accept that, for safety reasons, the FIA may need to play a role in determining that the driver they choose is competent enough to race in F1. But it’s not the FIA’s job to decide who is competitive enough to race in F1.

      If teams are choosing drivers because of their funding instead of their abilities, the FIA should address the root causes of that problem. But, as we’ve seen time and time again, they prefer to try to force teams to do otherwise with vast and complex new rules, of which this is a particularly clear example. I doubt it will bring much benefit for F1 or motor racing in general, besides making FIA-administered series more attractive to junior drivers, which appears to be the real purpose of this exercise.

    2. @gridlock I agree with @keithcollantine: an aspiration to aid young drivers is always beneficial but in this case the logistics would be challenging, and it may for instance overlook an absence of true competition in a series in a particular year (i.e. Valsecchi’s GP2 championship in 2012 came with a thoroughly underwhelming grid of competitors).

      I do however think the links between the junior categories and F1 should be stronger; I particularly like the way FIA F3 and FR3.5 give the champion/championship-leader an F1 test. Perhaps this will be the case to a greater extent when the FIA launches its F2 series.

      Guaranteeing a super-license for championship winners may be an alternative to guaranteeing an F1 seat, but that would effectively through a match on the entire points system anyway (not that that’s a bad thing). The only conclusion that is possible to reach is that F1 team want to go as fast as possible, and will therefore make it their business to ensure the very best driving talent is in their car, Q.E.D. no need for FIA intervention.

    3. Perhaps what we need is a way for teams to be able to step up more easily as well as drivers. To use a football analogy, players can be promoted from Championship teams to the Premiership through a transfer, or they can move into the Premiership with their team.

      I’m not saying they *have* to do it, but maybe there should be some form of structure in place to help those teams that are ready to make the step up?

  7. I’ld liked to see the drivers age on here as well. While there are many drivers that have achieved the 40 point thresh hold, alot of them are veteran drivers in their series and are unlikely to even race next year. Is it possible to have a list of say, 25 and under drivers, showing us who can potentially be an F1 driver?

    1. Would like to see that too…
      Looks like the eligible driver under 23 by Australia 2016 are just two driver: Felix Rosenqvist &
      Alex Lynn.
      Maybe F1 community should embrace veteran rookie like Tom Kristensen (age 48) ?

    2. No surprise that it’s Vandoorne, Marciello, Lynn, Evans, Ocon (all recent junior champions). McLaren junior, Ferrari junior, Williams tester, Webber’s protege, Mercedes development driver. Vandoorne is Button’s protege and might replace him next year at McLaren, after winning GP2.

  8. So for Pascal Wehrlein, Dean Stoneman and possibly even Marvin Kirchhöfer, the F1 dream does appear to be over (unless the former is parachuted into the Manor to do the requisite five grands prix to qualify for a super-license before the iron curtain comes down in 2016). That is abhorrent. The fact that system does not appear to deny a driver with a realistic chance of seat in 2016 is beside the point: when have teams in the modern era ever overestimated the abilities of a young driver? It amuses me that Verstappen, the unquestionable catalyst for this system, continues to prove that it is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.

    Very soon an ineligible driver will be deemed as being worthy of a seat – either because they bring a budget that could rejuvenate a crippled team, or because their career has not followed the incredible biases of the points system – what will happen then? Team liquidation and/or court cases appear the likely outcomes. As for Maldonado and Ericsson, I would imagine they feel pretty safe in their seats.

    In every other major series in the world, common sense and competitive motivations regulate driver allocations. Why has that safety net suddenly become insufficient for F1?

    It hasn’t, the FIA has simply decided it would like to control international single seater racing by driving series like GP3 and FR3.5 in the ground.

    1. I wouldn’t rule Stoneman out. He had a very strong GP3 last year and a good FR3.5 this year and next could see him secure the 40 points needed.

      1. @craig-o Indeed: If he finishes where he is already he’ll be on 30, he’s only a few points off third which would leave him on 35, and after that he’d only have to come back again in 2016 after finish in the top six to hit 40.

      2. @craig-o @keithcollantine He is just about to turn 25; I think it is highly unlikely that he will be in a seat in 2016 that will enable him to reach the 40 point mark.

        1. @countrygent Dillmann’s 26 and he’s in FR3.5 this year. Given the particular setbacks Stoneman suffered earlier in his career if anyone’s going to be cut some slack on this point it should be him.

    2. @countrygent, would you say that, for example, McLaren made a mistake in hiring Perez when, in retrospect, even Perez admits that he probably lacked the experience to compete at McLaren that year? I’d argue that teams do often make mistakes on driver selection more routinely than you think.

      As for Maldonado, well, his career stats means that he would comfortably surpass the required minimum points threshold anyway – for all the abuse he gets, he is a GP2 champion and finished in the top 3 in Formula Renault 3.5, which is not exactly a bad finishing record.

      1. What’s the mistake? McLaren got $5m in the deal and wouldn’t have gained anything in the WCC if there was a better driver in the car, as the car sucked. Perez thought he was moving for something like the 2012 car..

      2. I actually agree, I think it was a mistake. I think McLaren read too much into his podium finishes and made the mistake of not noticing Hulkenberg’s more consistent but often equally impressive efforts in a comparably weaker car. Yes, they got a handy $5m from Telmex, but they didn’t need cash (they’d just made $30m when Mercedes bought back their stake in McLaren), with Button’s shelf-life pushing on, McLaren needed a new team leader. Sorry, @fastiesty.

        Ferrari made the same mistake a year later when they opted for Kimi rather than the Hulk. We are actually seeing F1 teams struggling to perceive the abilities of drivers that are already in F1 more than those racing in the junior categories.

        I think Maldonado’s promotion was instigated by his budget but justified by his GP2 championship. I think his junior results require a substantial addition of salt. For instance, his 2010 GP2 title was his fourth season racing in GP2. In 2006 he would have won the FR3.5 title had he not lost a fifth place at Misano following a disqualification for a technical irregularity. But, it was one of the weakest grids of competitors in FR3.5 history. Not remotely shabby, but not especially remarkable either.

        1. @countrygent, although I do think that Hulkenberg is a very good driver, I would actually argue that there was a certain amount of logic for teams to look beyond Hulkenberg in 2012 and 2013.

          In both of those years, Hulkenberg actually made relatively poor starts to the year which then hampered his efforts to then secure a better drive. Rather than being consistent, I would argue that Hulkenberg’s performance actually tended to peak towards the end of the season, usually after most of the major teams had already decided on their line ups for the following year.

          If we take 2012 as an example, We know from McLaren and Perez that the agreement to sign Perez was made shortly after the Singapore GP, although negotiations between the two sides had been going on for some time.

          At the time the deal between McLaren and Perez was signed, Hulkenberg was sitting in 14th place in the WDC with 33 points, whilst di Resta was in 11th and had clocked up 44 points in the same period.
          Furthermore, di Resta had actually finished in the points slightly more frequently than Hulkenerg (eight times to six for Hulkenerg) and had a higher average finishing position than Hulkenberg too – when it came to comparing the two at that time, Hulkenberg wasn’t comparing particularly favourably against di Resta.

          It was only in the final quarter of the season that Hulkenberg had a persistent run of points finishes, with nearly half of his points (30) coming in five races towards the end of the year. The problem is, by the time that Hulkenberg put in his best results that year, all of the major teams had already finalised their line up for the following year, effectively limiting him to the sideways move to Sauber.

          In 2013, Hulkenberg was afflicted by the fact that the Sauber C32 was, to begin with, a difficult car to set up, and Hulkenberg was caught at times losing his temper with the mechanics – there was an incident after the Australian GP where he was heard attacking the car and the team after the race, and occasionally appearing to be a little difficult to work with (whether he was or not was somewhat irrelevant, because the perception alone caused problems).

          That, to a certain extent, seems to have made Ferrari a little wary when dealing with him, even though they were known to be interested in him. Again, there was also the problem that, although Hulkenberg may have had a strong finish to the 2012 season, by the Hungarian GP – where Ferrari broke off talks with him – Hulkenberg’s profile had begun to drop again given he’d only scored five points by that point and appeared to be struggling a little.

    3. @countrygent I can see Stoneman and Kirchhofer getting 40 points this year and a 3 year grace period at least, but Wehrlein will be the test of the FIA’s ‘exemption’ system. He would have finished top 2 in F3 with Marciello, but Mercedes pulled him out early to start DTM instead. Maybe the money they saved (half a million quid?) the FIA will now want to finally collect to ‘help them decide’??

      Wehrlein is a talent, I wonder if Mercedes are planning for him and Ocon to eventually replace Hamilton and Rosberg, in which case, there’s no rush to get them into F1 and gaining experience.

  9. So under this new system 7 current F1 drivers woudl be ineligible for a super license.

    I also notice that Mark Webber who raced in F1 for 12 years & scored 13 poles & won 9 races is also currently not eligible which just shows how utterly absurd this system is.

    This system is simply not needed, Its a stupid system that in the long term is going to hurt far more than it helps. There are a couple exceptionally talented drivers in the list who currently won’t qualify for a license, Dean Stoneman for example, He’s one of the best drivers in any of the lower categories right now & is down on points because he missed a year or 2 of racing due to suffering from cancer but has been stunning in GP2 since coming back to racing… He deserve’s a shot at F1 more than a dozen of the drivers who are eligible for a super license (Jolyon Palmer who he beat to the F2 title just prior to his diagnosis).

    When you have real talent’s in the junior categories as well as very good current & race winning former F1 drivers not qualifying for a super license under this system then its clearly a bad system!

    1. Mark Webber would be eligible, as he has competed in at least 15 Grand Prix within the last three years.

  10. I had a long post because I’m procrastinating on a big paper, but I’m cutting it down to size. The TL;DR (too long, DON’T read :P) version will come first.

    As a solution to what is clearly an absolute outrage (Jolyon Palmer and Davide Valsecchi not having drives in F1), I therefore suggest a rule that no driver can stay in F1 for more than 12 seasons. Immediately Massa, Button, Alonso and Raikkonen are gone immediately and there’s room for four new drivers. The next driver to have to leave would be Rosberg after the 2017 season, but at least you’ve now go some room to try new drivers. The next two to leave would be Hamilton and Vettel (if you count partial seasons), and after that it’s pretty much anyone’s game as no one else has been in F1 even close to long enough to hit that ceiling.

    Coupled with that, no driver can bring more than…hmmm…$7.5 million in personal sponsorship money? $5 seems lower than what even reasonable drivers have brought in the recent past, but feel free to adjust it based on your own conceptualization.

    Longer Version:

    I’d say that everyone should go take a look at the list of GP2 drivers who have made it to F1. From the 2011 GP2 season onward, only six drivers–Bianchi, Chilton, Gutierrez, Ericsson, Nasr, and Pic–graduated to F1 in four years of that series (leaving Grosjean aside). The previous six seasons saw 20 drivers graduate to F1, or 3:1 ratio, which is slightly more than double the rate seen since 2011. Of those six, only three–Bianchi, Gutierrez, and Nasr–were in the top 3 for the season (and interestingly enough, all three were placed 3rd). Nasr is doing very well and was DoW for Australia, but it’s clearly not your ultimate results which count. Considering careers can last quite a while, one could argue that GP2 at least is doing its job: seven GP2 alums are still racing as of 2015, and it would have been eight had Bianchi not had his crash in Japan. That’s nearly a third of all GP2 graduates still racing ten years later.

    I honestly think making a big deal out of the situation in F1 is ridiculous: how many stand-out rookies have people been talking about in NASCAR or Indycar lately? (I honestly don’t know). People like Jeff Gordon have been racing there for twenty years, and hell drivers used to compete for points in the Nationwide series as well! Talk about a crowded field! Indy doesn’t seem any different to that, with some of those guys having been there for as long as I can remember.

    Why this appears to be a serious problem with F1 is that there are only 20 cars on the grid, a field of which a third has been on the grid for eight years or longer, and 2 or 3 feeder series (GP2, FR3.5, maybe F3) whereas series like NASCAR and Indycar only have one.

    1. @wushumr2 Funny that your tl;dr version is only like 5 lines shorter than the long version :P

      Anyway, I disagree with you because F1 is a sport and one that people still agree as the best motor racing series in the world. It’s obvious that the competition is high and not everyone will make it, but every competition is like that. We not gonna start limiting, say tennis players, to only have like 12 appearance in Wimbledon just to make room for new bloods.

      Yes, F1 has more situation called pay drivers that makes it looks like there are a lot more worthy people that deserves a seat except they don’t have big sponsors, but I think actually it’s too exaggerated. On every season we probably only have 2 bad pay drivers and they are usually in bottom teams, so in the big picture, their impact on the F1 “true” competition is minimal. Also not all pay driver is bad, for every Chilton there’s also Alonso. You even say Nasr is doing well and its obvious Sauber pick him mainly for the money he bring first. Lastly, if you’re that good, the teams will find a way to get you into F1. Raikkonen, Hamilton, and Verstappen is the proof of that.

      You talked about F1 grid is stale (I’m paraphrasing your last paragraph here), but I don’t think it’s bad. Should Hamilton quit F1 because he reached age 30 instead of beaten by younger drivers? I think it’s the job of Perez, Hulkenberg, Grosjean, Ricciardo, Verstappen and the rest of “young” drivers to prove they are faster than Hamilton, Rosberg, Alonso, Button, Massa and the rest of “old” drivers. And frankly, I think the “old” drivers is still better than the “new” ones.

  11. Given that Alexander Rossi has consistently been linked with Haas – he still needs to finish well placed in this years GP2 champs to get his license?

  12. Anthony Davidson back to F1 please!

  13. If they do have a Saturday sprint race, it would be nice for it to be at least 1 car per team, and a bunch of GP2/3 etc winners in the seats. Lottery, paid for, fan-chosen … whatever. It’s the only way a sprint race would fit into the F1 weekend. Leave the main drivers to qualifying and the GP on Sundays.

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