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FIA set to cut super licence fees 24 Mar 2009

FIA logo in the rain Formula One Testing, 1-5 March 2009, Jerez, Spain. (L to R): Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault with Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, European Grand Prix, Preparations, Valencia, Spain, Thursday, 21 August 2008. © Sutton The drivers end of season group photograph.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 2 November 2008

The FIA is expected to reduce the cost of super licences from the start of the 2010 season, following a positive meeting with the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) on Monday. The GPDA had previously expressed concerns over the price of the licences - required to compete in Formula One racing - after a major increase at the start of the 2008 season.

The FIA and the GPDA’s representatives covered several other topics at the meeting and have decided to meet regularly in order to maintain a similarly 'constructive dialogue’ in the future.

The licence price proposal, which would accompany the other major cost cuts set to be brought into force next season, will now be submitted to the World Motor Sport Council. No financial details were revealed by the sport’s governing body.

The FIA’s statement in full:
“Following a very positive meeting between FIA President Max Mosley and representatives of the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA), a proposal will be made to the World Motor Sport Council to revise super licence fees for drivers in the 2010 championship.

“A reduced fee would reflect the major cost reductions that will be brought into the sport for next season. A number of other issues were discussed and the FIA has agreed to meet representatives of the GPDA on a regular basis to maintain what promises to be a constructive dialogue.”