When I learned to drive, many, many years ago, I was appalled at the costs involved. It seemed as though the DVLA were out to swindle every new motorist of their hard earned cash. It seemed like they were charging a lot of money for, in essence, a piece of paper. But in hindsight I probably shouldn’t have been so much of a curmudgeon, as today I have learned just how much a Formula One super license costs. And it’s a lot. Combined with the fact that it only lasts a year and must be re-purchased before the season starts again, the money that leaves each teams pocket is phenomenal. And it just got a whole lot worse.
Previous to 2008, a super license would set a driver (or likely his team) back by €1,690, plus a further €447 per point earned in the previous season. Had this scheme remain unchanged for 2008, championship winner Kimi Raikkonen would be faced with a bill for €50,860. However, without much reason other than to dissuade less-qualified drivers from applying, Kimi Raikkonen et al will now have to pay €10,000 for the license plus an additional €2,000 per point earned in the year previous. Kimi’s new 2008 bill stands at €230,000, with Ferrari having to fork out a massive €428,000 for both their drivers.
I shall not moan about the ridiculous costs of taking a UK driving license test anymore!