• FIA World Motor Sport Council

Team member licences set to be introduced

ESPNF1 Staff
September 8, 2010

The FIA has set in motion its plans to introduce licences for team members and staff in order to keep them under its jurisdiction.

Earlier this year ex-Renault team bosses Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds had their FIA-imposed bans overturned by a French court as neither were licence holders. At a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council [WMSC] the FIA outlined its plans to change that for the future.

"The World Motor Sport Council will submit a proposal to the General Assembly that a specific licence is created for a restricted list of members of staff of the competitors entered in the FIA World Championships," read an FIA press release. "The aim is to introduce a system that ensures they are subject to the criteria set out in a new FIA Code of Good Standing. This would apply to a minimum of six people per competitor, including the Team Principal, Sporting Director, Team Manager, Technical Director and two race engineers (or equivalent).

"A new mechanism will be introduced to control access to areas under the jurisdiction of the FIA and no pass of any kind will be issued to any person or body who is not in good standing for the purposes of the FIA International Sporting Code. Entrants will also become responsible for their staff, meaning any person connected directly or indirectly with the entrant in connection with their participation in an event.

The FIA also said it would keep a closer eye on the actions of competitors' on public roads, after Lewis Hamilton was fined for a "hooning" incident in Australia earlier this year. The indidcation is that more serious offences could result in bans in the sport.

"The FIA, both in its motor sport and mobility roles, has a strong interest in promoting road safety," a statement read. "Competitors at FIA events must act as ambassadors for the sport, be aware their conduct on the road must be exemplary and respect road safety rules. A proposal to amend the international sporting code will be submitted to the FIA General Assembly to clarify that any holder of an International Super Licence must also be in possession of a current road driving licence.

"Additionally, the Code will be amended to clarify that if an International Super Licence holder is involved in a serious road traffic offence recognised by a national police authority, the FIA, depending on the severity of the case, may issue a warning or refer the matter to the International Disciplinary Tribunal, which may temporarily or indefinitely withdraw the competitor's International Super Licence."