The CEO of Formula E, Alejandro Agag, has recently said he was happy with the decision not to include Formula E in the list of single seaters that are eligible for drivers to gain points to compete in Formula One. He went onto suggest that Formula E could in fact have its own feeders series.
Renault, on the other, who have several junior categories including Formula Renault 2.0 and 3.5, have asked to discuss the superlicence system with the FIA, as they are concerned about where their feeder series have been ranked compared to F4, F3 and GP3. With this in mind, I am surprised that neither the WEC or IndyCar have come out along with Renault in wanting to talk to the FIA regarding their position in the list, although both WEC and IndyCar may be talking to the FIA privately.
I find it odd that the FIA included the WEC and IndyCar since surely many drivers start in lower formula categories such as F3, GP3, GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5 before moving to sportscars which would include the WEC. In the case of IndyCar, it has its own feeder series in Indy Lights and surely if a driver has come through Indy Lights or/and has competed in IndyCar, a premier class of motorsport, surely they don’t need points to prove that they are capable of piloting a Formula One car.
Despite the above points, I find the announcement from the FIA positive as surely it is clearer to viewers what is actually required to qualify for a superlicence, which has been an integral part of being able to compete in Formula One over the years, yet has never really been defined for viewers. That isn’t too say that the new system is perfect and it is clear from the discussion it has created between car manufacturers and racing drivers that the system will need tweaking, but surely overall it is a step in the right direction and the FIA should be more than capable of making adjustments to the superlicence system when and if they need to.