Formula 1 debutante Max Verstappen will forever hold the record as the youngest person to start a Grand Prix when he takes to the grid at Albert Park next year, after the FIA ruled that its Super License qualifications will be tightened up from 2016 onwards.

The sport’s governing body’s future decree will be that all Super License holders would have to be aged 18 years or over, hold a valid driving license, and have a knowledge of Formula 1’s sporting regulations.

The applicant driver must also have at least two years of racing experience in junior categories, where their achievements will be rated on a results-based points system determined by the FIA.

Concerns over the relative ease at which drivers could obtain FIA Super Licenses were raised with Scuderia Toro Rosso’s signing of teenage Formula 3 racer Max Verstappen, who will be 17 years old and have one year of open-wheel racing experience to his name when he makes his Grand Prix debut next year.

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