Superlicence system “unfair” on ‘F1-capable’ IndyCar drivers · RaceFans

Alex Palou says the factors system to amass an FIA superlicence is “very unfair” on some sequence, specifically IndyCar.

Final weekend Palou made his Components 1 apply debut with McLaren at america Grand Prix, and the Spaniard confirmed he possesses a superlicence which suggests he may very well be referred to as upon to race in F1.

Palou’s junior profession encompassed Components 2 and its assist sequence GP3 (now often known as Components 3), in addition to its rival Components V8 3.5 and the Euroformula and Tremendous Components Lights sequence that each ran to conventional F3 laws on the time.

He moved as much as the highest stage of single-seaters in Tremendous Components, the place he almost received the title in his single season there, then switched to IndyCar in 2020 and received final yr’s title. IndyCar delivers fewer superlicence factors than F2 – solely 90 mixed for high three championship finishers in comparison with 120 for F2’s high three – and extra factors might be earned from racing within the FIA F3 championship than in Tremendous Components.

“I don’t suppose that’s going to vary in any respect,” Palau commented on the allocation of superlicence factors to skilled sequence. “I’ve my tremendous licence, I’m comfortable, I don’t care what occurs.

“However I believe it’s very unfair that there’s some sequence that they don’t get sufficient licence factors. Pato [O’Ward] doesn’t have [enough points for a superlicence], and he completed third within the championship, fourth within the championship, and seventh. A man that’s like that doing 17 weekends racing towards those who have ten or 15 years of expertise in IndyCar – that man is able to doing rather a lot in F1.

“However that’s a rule, so hopefully they modify it sooner or later. I perceive that additionally the FIA, they need everyone to undergo Europe and thru different locations, however it’s true that you might get extra factors by racing in a winter sequence in Thailand and profitable that than ending fifth in IndyCar. I don’t know if that’s honest.”

Nikita Mazepin and Zhou Guanyu each eased their paths to superlicences by racing within the fourth-tier Components Regional Asian Championship as soon as they had been already F2 drivers.

“I believe the programme they’ve in F2 is nice. In the event you’ve completed high three, you get a superlicence and that must be like that,” Palou added. “However I believe they might possibly give slightly bit extra up.”

Palou is one in all many in IndyCar who need that sequence’ superlicence worth to extend, and says “we’re [not] asking an excessive amount of” in that F2 can retain its standing as the highest sequence even with a factors increase for IndyCar.

“I believe it’s best to give slightly bit extra significance in IndyCar, principally due to the extent of the drivers and likewise how lengthy our season is. I imply, the observe time we get, it’s large in comparison with an F2 driver. And I’m not saying that we’re higher, however we’re able to going out and driving in F1.”

Palou’s rival Pato O’Ward is about to drive for McLaren in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix apply and F1’s Younger Driver Take a look at, whereas Colton Herta is one other IndyCar driver on McLaren’s F1 check programme.

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