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Stricter team and driver licensing rules proposed 08 Sep 2010

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Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, 1 November 2008 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB6. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Belgian Grand Prix, Race, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, 29 August 2010 Jean Todt (FRA) FIA President.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 10 July 2010

The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council has announced two proposals it hopes to introduce in order to better maintain the reputation of the sport and the integrity of its competitors. It plans to submit both proposals to the FIA’s General Assembly for consideration.

One suggestion will see the introduction of a ‘competitor’s staff’ licence to ensure team members comply with standards of ‘good standing'. At least six senior staff from each team would have to hold a one of the licences. The scheme is believed to be a reaction to the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix race-fixing scandal.

“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,” the FIA explained in a statement. “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 has also proposed that if Formula One drivers commit a serious road traffic offence they could also be punished by the sport’s governing body. They suggest new amendments to the international sporting code which could see drivers being handed a warning, referred to a disciplinary tribunal or having their super licence revoked if they are found guilty of poor driving.

“The FIA, both in its motor sport and mobility roles, has a strong interest in promoting road safety,” it explained. “Competitorsat 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.”