Under-18 drivers banned in Formula One from 2016

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Posted: Jan 06, 2015 10:09 AM

PARIS (AP) — Formula One drivers will have to be at least 18 years old from 2016.

The announcement of new rules by motorsport governing body FIA on Tuesday came following the Toro Rosso team's decision to hire 17-year-old Max Verstappen for this year's championship.

From 2016, drivers will also need to have accumulated a certain amount of points in other motorsports series, to have spent at least two years in junior categories, and hold a valid road driver's license to become eligible for F1.

Under the new Super License points system adopted in December at a World Motor Sport Council, drivers will also need to successfully answer questions on F1 regulations.