The FIA General Assembly met today and voted through some important changes to the International Sporting Code.
The most eye catching is that “the FIA is allowed to impose sanctions on Super Licence holders who commit road traffic offences.” This is in light of Lewis Hamilton’s so called “Hooning” incident in Melbourne this year. With the FIA on a course of ramming home its Make Roads Safe message, it needed to have a lever over the most visible and high profile drivers -those in F1 – with regard to their behaviour on the roads.
Most F1 drivers I’ve ever known drive very fast on the roads and this will really clip their wings. A serious speeding offence could cost them in career terms with a licence suspension.
On the subject of licences, another important change is that all senior team members must have a licence to compete in F1. This comes in the light of the Singapore crash scandal, where the FIA had no jurisdiction over the perpetrators, only licence holders, at that time it meant only Renault and the driver Nelson Piquet Jr.
“All those involved in the FIA World Championships are directly subject to the FIA’s jurisdiction,” said the FIA statement. “Those who are guilty of conduct contrary to the FIA regulations will be denied access to the areas under the control of the FIA in the events counting towards these championships. The procedure for implementing this system will be examined within the framework of working groups specific to each of the FIA World Championships.”
Maxiumum fines were also raised to 250,000 euros and steps have been taken -in light of the spot fixing scandals in cricket – to protect F1 from corruption from betting.