The FIA has updated its Super Licence points reward system for 2018, placing a greater focus on Formula 2 as the final step towards reaching Formula 1.

The points system for gaining an FIA Super Licence required to race in F1 was introduced in 2016, with drivers requiring 40 points through a three-year period.

Changes have been made for 2018 to encourage drivers to pass through F2 before reaching F1, aiding the FIA’s push for a pyramid structure for junior single-seater motorsport.

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Previously, a full 40 points was awarded for a top-three finish in GP2 or winning the title in IndyCar, FIA European Formula 3, Formula E or the WEC’s LMP1 class.

As of 2018, this will only be awarded for a top-three finish in F2 or winning the IndyCar championship, with the other series facing points cuts.

Title wins in European F3, Formula E or WEC LMP1 will now be worth just 30 points, while the GP3 title is cut from being worth 30 points to 25.

Formula V8 3.5 faces a points cut from 35 to 20 for winning the drivers’ championship, although WEC LMP2 has now become applicable for points, as have Super GT, NASCAR and IMSA title wins.