FIA warns Formula 1 drivers over road traffic offences

By Gareth Llewellyn
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Lewis Hamilton was recently fined for performing a 'burnout' stunt (Photo: Eugene Flore)

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Formula 1 drivers will be putting their super licence at risk if they commit road traffic offences on public roads, the FIA has warned.

The sport’s governing body, which actively promotes road safety worldwide through its ‘Make Roads Safe’ campaign, has reiterated that F1 drivers are role models and must set a good example by respecting road safety rules wherever they are in the world.

As a result, the FIA will table an amendment to its international sporting code that would allow it to “indefinitely withdraw” drivers’ super licences if they commit serious traffic offences.

“The FIA, both in its motor sport and mobility roles, has a strong interest in promoting road safety,” read a statement. “Competitors at FIA events must act as ambassadors for the sport, be aware their conduct on the road must be exemplary and respect road safety rules.

“A proposal to amend the international sporting code will be submitted to the FIA General Assembly to clarify that any holder of an International Super Licence must also be in possession of a current road driving licence.

“Additionally, the Code will be amended to clarify that if an International Super Licence holder is involved in a serious road traffic offence recognised by a national police authority, the FIA, depending on the severity of the case, may issue a warning or refer the matter to the International Disciplinary Tribunal, which may temporarily or indefinitely withdraw the competitor’s International Super Licence.”

A number of F1 drivers have been caught driving well above the speed limit on public roads over the last few years, while Lewis Hamilton was recently fined by a Melbourne court for performing a tyre burnout in his Mercedes road car as he left the Albert Park circuit at the Australian Grand Prix.

Ferrari’s Giancarlo Fisichella lost his licence in 2007 after being caught speeding in Italy, while former F1 drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Jean Alesi, as well as current McLaren drivers Jenson Button, and Hamilton are among a number of big names to have been caught speeding on roads in France in recent years.

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