FIA amends Super Licence points for 2018
21 September 2017 – The FIA has restructured the Super Licence points system for 2018, with several championships having their allocation reduced, ostensibly guiding youngsters towards the relaunched Formula 2 series.
In 2015, the FIA introduced a system whereby drivers would have to rack up 40 points over three seasons of competition in order to qualify for a Super Licence, required to race in Formula 1.
Under that ranking system, champions in GP2, IndyCar, European F3, Formula E and the LMP1 division of the World Endurance Championship were all awarded 40 points, enough for a Super Licence.
GP2 has since been rebranded as Formula 2, and the top three drivers in the series will still receive 40 points, with fourth-placed taking 30 and fifth earning 20, with the top 10 in the championship all taking points.
In the revised 2018 system, IndyCar has kept its allocation of 40 points, but champions in European F3, Formula E and LMP1 will now receive 30 points, with second place downgraded to 25 (24 in LMP1).
The remainder of points for the top 10 in European F3 and Formula E have not been altered.
GP3 has also been affected, with the champion now set to receive 25 points, as opposed to 30, while the first-placed driver in Japanese Super Formula will now collect 20, rather than 25 points.
The most drastic cut has been to the Formula V8 3.5 championship, which has struggled for entry numbers since Renault withdrew its backing at the end of 2015.
Whereas the champion received 35 points, under the new system they will be given only 20, with second downgraded to 15 and third to 10.