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GP Week : Issue 176
F1 >>> NEWS All the facts about the business of F1 at your fingertips... The Formulamoney report - 220 A4 pages covering all the key statistics that drive the business of Formula One, including: • Sponsorship values • Key revenue streams • Team budgets • Trackside advertising breakdown • Driver salaries • Race hosting fees • Race promoter budgets • Sponsorship return on investment • Junior series finances • Prize money totals www.formulamoney.com THAT’LL BE TWO POINTS ON YOUR SUPERLICENCE, GUV’ After a season that has seen a few drivers make the same – sometimes dangerous – mistakes in true Groundhog Day fashion, the FIA are considering applying a points system to the superlicence, race director Charlie Whiting revealed in Austin. The system currently being considered by Whiting and co. – and which will be discussed with the teams in Sao Paulo – is similar to the points systems used by many countries on their road driving licences, and will see drivers accumulate points in lieu of the seemingly meaningless reprimands they are currently issued with. While reprimands are cumulative, the current system of penalties available to the stewards is not cumulative, and there is no extra punishment for a driver who makes the same error ad infinitum, except in extraordinary circumstances. One such circumstance took place earlier this season, when Romain Grosjean was issued with F1’s first race ban in 18 years following the crash at the beginning of the Belgian Grand Prix. Not only did the Frenchman take out two of the leading championship contenders, but it was his sixth first or second lap incident in twelve races. “We would like to see a system, and indeed we will discuss it with the teams next Wednesday in Brazil, that will be similar to the sort of thing you have with your road licence,” Whiting revealed. “You’ll accumulate points on your superlicence and if you get to 12, or whatever the number is, you will have a race off. That’s the sort of thing that we will discuss. “You will accrue points for all sorts of penalties, whereas at the moment if you have a reprimand for being late to a press conference or a drivers’ parade that wouldn't lead to a grid penalty – it’s got to be driving infringements. “I think if we looked at the superlicence approach – whether it be one point for one thing and two for another – they would all count. That’s something we would like to see but that’s probably not simple. But nothing in Formula One is, really.” Asked for his opinion on the proposed new system in Friday’s press conference, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said “I think at the moment you’re meant to receive three reprimands and then you get something so I think it’s just presumably a further elaboration on that point. Like all things, any penalty system, providing it’s administered in a correct, consistent manner then why should we have any problem with it? It’s the same for all drivers and the same for all teams.” 8 GPWEEK.com // 8 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: