Drivers unhappy with super licence price hike 20 Jun 2008
A number of drivers have expressed concerns over the increased price of the super licence required to compete in Formula One racing. Last year the cost was 1,725 euros plus 456 euros per point won. This year it is 10,000 euros plus 2,000 euros per point.
The rise has prompted discussions within the Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA), which has raised the issue with Formula Ones governing body, the FIA. Their concern is not purely the level of the increase, but also the fact that the license price can vary hugely between drivers.
(The cost) has increased quite a lot compared to last year, I think eight times, or something like that, said BMW Saubers Robert Kubica in France on Thursday. Its quite a lot of money, especially if you are scoring points like Lewis (Hamilton) did last year and its your first year in Formula One.
But another point is that experienced drivers who dont have a quick car are not scoring points, so they dont care because they dont have to pay. So I think it will be difficult to get all drivers to have the same idea, but we are trying to convince the FIA to reduce the cost.
Echoing Kubicas comments, Ferraris Felipe Massa said: I dont see a reason for the price to be different for the top drivers and the guys who are in smaller teams. I think the super licence has to be the same for everybody.
Massas team mate and reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen was also in agreement, though the Finn was quick to play down reports suggesting that drivers could strike over the matter.
Of course its better if its not so expensive and its the same for everybody, but I dont think theres any reason to go on strike and not race, he said. I dont think thats the right way to go, but it would be nice if we could reduce it.