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Bobster
2017-05-28 04:18:21 UTC
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Having obtained a super license, how long does one retain it?

Button has a super license despite not having raced this year. Which suggests that Nasr, Rosberg and Gutierrez also retain licenses - if they have filed in the form and paid the fee.
Bobster
2017-05-28 06:19:59 UTC
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Having obtained a super license, how long does one retain it?
Button has a super license despite not having raced this year. Which suggests that Nasr, Rosberg and Gutierrez also retain licenses - if they have filed in the form and paid the fee.
Seems it is 5 starts in the last year, or 15 starts in the last 3 years. If neither of those are met then there must be sufficient points earned in other championships during the last 3 years.
Bruce Hoult
2017-05-28 09:12:34 UTC
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Having obtained a super license, how long does one retain it?
Button has a super license despite not having raced this year. Which suggests that Nasr, Rosberg and Gutierrez also retain licenses - if they have filed in the form and paid the fee.
Seems it is 5 starts in the last year, or 15 starts in the last 3 years. If neither of those are met then there must be sufficient points earned in other championships during the last 3 years.
You'd imagine that a lot of people would be able to get a super license on pretty short notice, given previously having had one, and currently racing in another top series.

e.g. Formula E (Piquet, d'Ambrosio, Prost, Buemi, di Grassi, Heidfeld, Vergne, Ma, Gutierrez), IndyCar (Sato, Chilton, Bourdais, Montoya), WEC (Webber, Hartley, Piquet, Prost, Senna, Vergne, Di Grassi).
Bobster
2017-05-28 15:44:58 UTC
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Having obtained a super license, how long does one retain it?
Button has a super license despite not having raced this year. Which suggests that Nasr, Rosberg and Gutierrez also retain licenses - if they have filed in the form and paid the fee.
Seems it is 5 starts in the last year, or 15 starts in the last 3 years. If neither of those are met then there must be sufficient points earned in other championships during the last 3 years.
You'd imagine that a lot of people would be able to get a super license on pretty short notice, given previously having had one, and currently racing in another top series.
e.g. Formula E (Piquet, d'Ambrosio, Prost, Buemi, di Grassi, Heidfeld, Vergne, Ma, Gutierrez), IndyCar (Sato, Chilton, Bourdais, Montoya), WEC (Webber, Hartley, Piquet, Prost, Senna, Vergne, Di Grassi).
I found a list of 38 drivers who had not done a season of F1 in 2016 but had enough points for a super license. As you say, we can add the likes of Chilton to that list.

Most of them could be described as "veterans". A lot of them had contracts for this year - WEC and Indy Car accounting for many of those. Some Indy drivers who have never raced in F1 qualify - I recall Power and Dixon. Kazuki Nakajima still qualifies for a super license.
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