The FIA has made a proposal to change F1's International Sporting Code, which could see drivers penalised for any motoring offences on public roads.

The issue of drivers conduct on public roads was raised following the Australian Grand Prix earlier in the year after Lewis Hamilton was stopped by police after leaving the Melbourne paddock following Friday practice.

The McLaren driver was pulled over after performing burn-outs at the wheel of his Mercedes, which was impounded by police - with the Briton then charged with driving offences.

Hamilton was later fined, although he came under fire from politicians who pointed out that the former F1 champion should be setting a better example to fans.

The FIA has now revealed that it is to put a proposal to its General Assembly which could see serious road traffic offences punished by the FIA.

Those penalties could range from a warning to the withdrawal of the super licence needed to compete in the sport, with the penalty dependent on the severity of the offence.

Drivers will also be required to hold a road driving licence in order to secure a super licence in the first place.

"The FIA, both in its motor sport and mobility roles, has a strong interest in promoting road safety," a statement issued after Wednesday's World Motor Sport Council meeting read. "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."


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