Ticktum ready to ‘take on Toro Rosso challenge’

Date published: August 20 2018

Dan Ticktum: Ready for Toro Rosso chance

Red Bull driver Dan Ticktum has said he is ready to “take on the challenge” at Toro Rosso but is still in the dark over his 2019 plans.

Ticktum was tipped as one of the early season replacements for Brendon Hartley at Toro Rosso but he did not meet the FIA superlicense requirements to even test for the team.

But that could all change should the F3 European Championship leader go on to clinch the title at the end of the season.

However, while Ticktum feels ready to make the step up, he is no closer to finding out what Red Bull’s plans are.

“I have no information [at the moment],” Ticktum told Sky Sports.

“All I can do is keep going race by race, win as much as I can and see where I end up.

“If I have the points at the end of the year [for a superlicense] and the opportunity is there then it is up to the boss and whether he feels I’m ready or not.

“There is always room for improvement but I feel like I could take on the challenge.

“If I don’t have the points then the boss will make a decision on where I am going next year.”

Asked whether Dr Helmut Marko has given him any hints about 2019, he replied: “There are no clues.

“I literally know nothing so we’ll see and will probably know something in the next couple of months.”

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