Verstappen: Not a fan of F1 Super Licence rule

Verstappen: Not a fan of F1 Super Licence rule

Verstappen: Not a fan of F1 Super Licence rule

Max Verstappen has criticised the FIA’s Super Licence rules for preventing young talents from entering Formula 1.

The three-time World Champion entered the sport at the tender age of 17, as he secured a full-time race seat with Toro Rosso in 2015. He broke the record for the youngest ever F1 driver, and subsequently became the youngest to score points as well as win a race at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.

Verstappen will hold these records indefinitely unless certain regulations are changed. The now 26-year-old’s baby-faced debut almost a decade ago prompted the FIA to update its rules, introduced the Super Licence system in 2016 to prevent inexperienced racing drivers for making an immediate jump to F1.

Not only do drivers have to secured 40 Super Licence points to be eligible for F1, they also cannot be under the age of 18 like Verstappen was.

The latter threshold proved a problem for IndyCar sensation Colton Herta, who was on the cusp of driving for Sauber back in 2022 and for AlphaTauri a year later but didn’t have enough Super Licence points to be considered by the FIA. AlphaTauri applied for an exemption to allow the American to race in F1, but the governing body ultimately refused.

The F1 Superlicence has once again entered the conversation following speculation that Formula 2 starlet Andrea Kimi Antonelli could replace Logan Sargeant at Williams. However, the Italian youngster is still only 17 years of age, so his chances of snatching Sargeant’s seat seem slim.

I’d rather not have it

Verstappen: Not a fan of F1 Super Licence rule

Speaking to Dutch media, Verstappen was vocal in his opposition of the Superlicence system. He said: “That rule was introduced because of me, of course. In the end, it doesn’t stop what it’s meant for.

“It’s not specifically about him [Antonelli], but this can stop some talents from getting into Formula 1 quickly because they have to accumulate those 40 points first,” added the defending Champion.

Verstappen thinks that seats in F1 should be available to those that deserve it on merit, regardless of age. He continued: I’m not a big fan of it, of this entire system. The FIA thinks it’s good, but I’d rather not have it.

“If someone is 17 or 18 years old and has maybe 20 points, but if he is very fast, why can’t he get into Formula 1 then?”

While there are rumours that Antonelli could replace Sargeant before the next Grand Prix around Imola, Williams Team Principal James Vowles has rubbished these claims. Perhaps they are simply waiting for the Italian to turn 18 before making the swap…