The FIA has suggested that Formula 1 drivers who commit road traffic offenses could lose their superlicenses as a punishment for their conduct. The proposal was put forward at today's World Motor Sport Council meeting.
"The FIA, both in its motorsport and mobility roles, has a strong interest in promoting road safety," said a statement from the governing body. "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 superlicense must also be in possession of a current road driving license.
"Additionally, the Code will be amended to clarify that if an international superlicense holder is involved in a serious road traffic offense recognized 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 superlicense."
The issue of racing drivers' conduct in road cars hit the headlines earlier this year when Lewis Hamilton was stopped by Australian traffic police who objected to his driving as he left the Albert Park circuit. He was later fined by a Melbourne court.