FIA say they will reduce the cost of drivers' superlicences from 2010

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    FIA say they will reduce the cost of drivers' superlicences from 2010

    Post by Ross on 23rd March 2009, 15:47

    FIA to reduce superlicence fees

    The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association has succeeded in its bid to get the cost of mandatory superlicences reduced after Max Mosley agreed to a price cut for 2010.

    The drivers’ body last month issued a statement expressing its dismay at the current cost of the licences after the price ballooned in 2008.

    But after what has been described as a “very positive” meeting between the FIA and the GPDA on the eve of the new season, the governing body has announced that a reduction in fees for next year will be put forward for ratification.

    And while no details of the price cut have been revealed, an FIA statement said the reduced fee would “reflect the major cost reductions” to be implemented in F1 from 2010.

    “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.”

    Drivers first expressed anger at the massive hike in fees last summer; with speculation mounting at the time that they were even considering strike action as a protest against the charges.
    The increases implemented for the 2008 season saw the basic cost of a licence increase from €1,690 in 2007 to €10,000, with each driver also having to pay an increased cost of €2,000 for every point scored in the previous year’s championship.

    It meant that then world champion Kimi Raikkonen paid €230,000 having amassed 110 points in 2007, while Rubens Barrichello paid just €10,000 after failing to score a point for Honda.

    The FIA defended the rise by saying it was necessary to pay for continued safety improvements – an argument which the GPDA didn’t accept.

    "The drivers contend that the Super Licence fees should not be a revenue stream for the FIA and such a change constitutes a major departure in principle [from] both past Super Licence fees and fees for any other drivers' licences," a GPDA statement said last month.

    "The FIA should raise sufficient funds from the exploitation of its commercial rights.”

    Mosley has previously asked for drivers to divulge full details of their income so the FIA could judge whether prices were unfair, but the GPDA rejected this call and a subsequent stand-off ensued until Monday’s announcement.

    Meanwhile, the FIA says it has also agreed to meet the GPDA on a more regular basis to discuss further ongoing issues.

    “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,” the FIA statement added.


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