Gary Paffett says overlooking the DTM from its super licence points system “is quite a flaw” by the FIA.
The former McLaren test driver won the DTM championship in 2005 and was then signed as McLaren's test driver in 2006. Having been linked with a McLaren race seat in 2007, Paffett returned to race in DTM alongside his testing commitments and only left the test role at the end of last season. However, with the FIA announcing a super licence points system
that doesn't see DTM count as a point-scoring series, Paffett believes motorsport's governing body has made a mistake.
"I agree with the theory, but omitting certain championships, and especially the DTM, from the super licence points system is quite a flaw,” Paffett told Reuters
. "When I won the championship in 2005, that was my third year in DTM and I had a good chance of getting a drive in F1 in 2006.
"Now, with this system, that would not have happened because I'd have done three years in the DTM and I wouldn't have scored any points for the super licence."
And Paffett said he felt the FIA had overlooked how competitive the DTM is as a championship.
"It's a great learning championship for drivers to come into. You are representing a manufacturer, racing cars that are at a very high level of performance, downforce and power and are racing with drivers of very high quality. So what you learn in DTM is a very high level.
"I think the (licence) system needs some work... quite a lot of refining I would say."