Ticktum joins Williams as development driver

Michelle Foster
Dan Ticktum joins Williams as development driver

Dan Ticktum joins Williams as development driver

Red Bull reject Dan Ticktum has signed as Williams’ development driver, joining the team’s driver academy.

Earlier this year Ticktum, a double winner of the Macau Grand Prix, was dropped from Red Bull’s junior programme with team boss Christian Horner saying it just “wasn’t working out”.

However, the 2020 DAMS Formula 2 driver hasn’t been left out of the F1 picture for very long with Williams snapping him up.

The team announced on Tuesday that Ticktum had joined Williams’ driver academy in the role of development driver.

The 20-year-old will conduct simulator work and help with car development while also attending two race weekends with full driver integration.

“It is a privilege to be joining the Williams Racing Driver Academy, especially given Williams’ incredible heritage in our sport,” said Ticktum.

“The time in the simulator and experience working with the team will prove invaluable for my development.

“Being fully integrated into the operations will be a fantastic opportunity and I look forward to assisting wherever I can.”

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, added: “I am delighted that Dan, another exciting young British talent, has joined the Williams Racing Driver Academy.

His ability behind the wheel has been demonstrated with back-to-back successes at the prestigious Macau Grand Prix in 2017 and 2018.

“Dan’s technical expertise will prove invaluable to the team and we are looking forward to helping him grow and develop in 2020.”

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