The coronavirus epidemic has made life difficult not only for Formula One drivers, but also for pilots competing in the lower categories, so the International Automobile Federation (FIA) has, as previously announced, amended its F1 racing license, the so-called conditions for obtaining a super-license.
In the basic case, one of the conditions for obtaining a super-license is that the applicant must have collected at least 40 points in the previous three seasons with the final results achieved in the categories deemed suitable by the FIA.
The FIA is now making it easier in two areas: for applicants after the 2020 season, the limit will be lowered from 40 to 30 if the pilot has been prevented in some way by force majeure. The 30-point limit is not automatic, the FIA considers each case individually, and the issuance of the super-licenses so applied for must be approved by the World Motorport Council.
The other facilitation is that applicants after the 2020 season can do not calculate the 40 points not from the three consecutive years that preceded it, but from the three seasons completed in the previous four years, to put it simply: if the coronavirus epidemic caused difficulties he could not collect (enough) points this year, he can ask to be calculated on the basis of his achievements in 2018, 2019 and 2021.
For some of the riders who are likely to make their Formula 1 debut in 2021 – Mick Schumacher, Callum Ilott, Robert Scvarman – relief is nothing but a Honda and Red Bull-backed Japanese driver who will also be racing in Formula One, In the case of Cunoda Juki, the Russian, Nikita Mazepin, who has brought news to Haas, it may be necessary to do something “skillful”.
Pilots who are currently super-licensed but not competing in F1 have also been given relief: the license can be extended if they have driven at least 100 km in a Formula One free practice in the previous three years.