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GPDA unimpressed with licence fee increase

Formula 1 drivers have reacted angrily to news that the cost of their super licences will go up again this year.

According to reports by the BBC Sport, the Grand Prix Drivers' Association has asked its members not to sign their licences until the matter can be discussed with the FIA, the sports governing body.

The cost of a super licence - something every driver needs in order to be able to compete in the Formula 1 World Championship - has increased from £9430 to £9798 for 2009.

As well as that, the cost of per point scored by a driver has also gone up from £1885 to £1978, while an additional £2564 is required for compulsory insurance.

The FIA maintains the increase is required because of the rise in the costs of safety measures.

The GPDA now wants the Formula One Teams' Association to look at the matter when it meets next month.

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.Lucifer - Unregistered

January 26, 2009 1:48 AM

I wonder how much Federer or Tiger Woods pay when they win a tournament? I have read that Mr Mosely will gladly review the licence fee as soon as the drivers show them their tax returns!!! Well that would be fine as long as Max and Bernie show them theirs!! F1 goes on despite the efforts of the goons who run it. P.S. Crashnet, I am having a hell of a time posting or even getting onto this site most of the times.

Tom - Unregistered

January 25, 2009 7:16 PM

On one hand, I do think it's kind of backwards to charge drivers for doing well, but on the other hand, the drivers that are the most successful are also probably the ones that get paid the most. Maybe this is the FIA's version of an income tax, although I think the FIA already gets to much of the revenue relative to the drivers and teams.

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