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Marko calls for changes to the FIA super licence

  • Published on 21 Jan 2020 15:06
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko believes that revisions need to be made to the FIA super licence going forward.

Marko, who heads the driver development programme at Red Bull, believes that strong drivers are not getting the points necessary to reach Formula 1.

By being successful in junior categories, drivers are awarded points on their super licence. Should they achieve 40 points, they become eligible for a full-time race seat in Formula 1. 

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However, Marko is not convinced by the system, as he sees talented drivers not fulfilling their careers due to the rules. 

"I hope that the FIA ​​will revise this system, because many drivers with 40 points do not have the potential to be successful in Formula 1," Marko told Motorsport-Total.com. "There are also many talents who have the speed, but not the necessary point total." 

Since 2015, drivers are required to be at least 18 years of age before they can acquire a super licence, following Max Verstappen's debut at 17.

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  • Between the muffled words he spouts from underneath the underwear he definitely wear over his head at every press conference he attends, he does speak some degree of sense. The Super License system, along with the general system of how drivers are selected and deemed suitable for F1, could use some degree of revision. But that aside, there is just no way to get all the potentially F1 worthy drivers into F1. The select few are either really wellfunded drivers or drivers with really Really strong connections with people in F1. Or both... Mostly both... But that connection Is kinda your job, Marko-boy, innit?

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    • Jan 21 2020 - 18:00
  • Mansell

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    Marko needs to learn to keep his mouth shut

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    • Jan 21 2020 - 20:27
    • Sadtomato

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      You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

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      • Jan 22 2020 - 15:44
  • Mansell

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    Waiting for the red Bull will pull out of f1 unless this changes line to be trotted out.

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    • Jan 22 2020 - 21:40

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