Renault unhappy with new super licence system


Renault has reportedly hit back at the FIA’s controversial new system for issuing Formula 1 super licences set to come into effect in 2016.

In light of 17-year-old Max Verstappen’s controversial debut this year, the governing body is installing a new system for 2016 to ensure new grand prix drivers are older, more experienced and successful in the junior classes.

But the proposed system is also causing raised eyebrows, as it emerges future champions like Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen would have been denied their F1 debuts, while even the great Michael Schumacher’s 2010 return may not have happened.

Also ruled out would have been Paul di Resta’s 2011 debut, despite the fact he was the reigning DTM champion.

“I think the system needs some work,” another DTM driver and long-time F1 tester Gary Paffett, whose F1 debut would also have been theoretically denied under the 2016 system, told Reuters.

Also reportedly unhappy with the new system is Renault, whose premier category, the Formula Renault 3.5 series, will attract fewer super licence points for its top drivers than GP2, F3, sports cars, Indycar and the currently non-existent F2.

Italiaracing reports that the French manufacturer promptly responded by sending a letter directly to FIA president Jean Todt. Renault will now have a meeting with the FIA, probably around the middle of January.