Chandhok, Warwick to help with FIA driver categorisation

Ex-Formula 1 racers Derek Warwick and Karun Chandhok have been given seats on FIA committee that decides driver ratings in sportscar racing to try to help improve the system.

Chandhok, Warwick to help with FIA driver categorisation

The FIA wants to tap into the experience of Warwick, winner of the 1992 Sportscar World Championship, and five-time Le Mans 24 Hours participant Chandhok to aid the process by which drivers are categorised as platinum, gold, silver or bronze.

Chandhok told Autosport: "Driver categorisation has been a hot topic for the past three or four years as the system has become more widely used and the FIA has decided to bring in Derek and myself to offer a driver's viewpoint.

"There are 2700 drivers on the categorisation list and for the majority it is clear cut, but in five or 10% of cases there is a question mark and that's where the FIA felt that they could do with a bit of driver expertise.

"Most drivers know Derek or me, so we will be able to answer questions and also offer them a voice."

The system of driver categorisation evolved with the proliferation of what can loosely be termed as pro-am classes in sportscar racing.

Each LMP2 driver combination in the World Endurance Championship, for example, must include a least one silver or bronze driver.

Pro-am line-ups in the Endurance Cup segment of the Blancpain GT Series can only include one platinum or gold for the three and six-hour races.

Drivers are categorised according to their experience, success, on-track performance and age.

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