With the introduction of the new controversial Superlicence rules for 2016, a number of high profile drivers are able now to enter Formula 1 should they so wish.
A total of thirty-three drivers from around the globe qualify for a Superlicence, headed by German racer Andre Lotterer, who has acquired an amazing 140 points in the past three years through his World Endurance Championship and Super Formula efforts.
2015 GP2 Series champion Stoffel Vandoorne would automatically reach the magical forty-point mark with his championship win, but has amassed 105 points in total over the same period, with his runners up spots in GP2 in 2014 and Formula Renault 3.5 in 2013.
2015 IndyCar champion Scott Dixon is the only other driver to break through the 100 point barrier, with the New Zealander ten points ahead of Audi WEC drivers Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treyuler.
Other 2015 champions to qualify for a Superlicence include GP3 Series champion Esteban Ocon, FIA European Formula 3 champion Felix Rosenqvist and Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Oliver Rowland.
Former Formula 1 drivers Anthony Davidson, Sebastian Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Mark Webber, Allan McNish (despite being retired now for two seasons) and Juan Pablo Montoya would all be able to return to F1 should they so desire, as would Nelson Piquet Jr who, despite not being on the list, qualifies for a Superlicence by winning the Formula E championship.
One driver noticeably off the list is DTM Series champion Pascal Wehrlein, who would not qualify based on the current system, and would need special disposition to race should be get a Manor F1 Team seat in 2016.
Drivers with 40+ Superlicence Points
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|Juan Pablo Montoya||40|