Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum completed his prize McLaren Formula 1 test for winning last year’s?McLaren Autosport BRDC Award at Silverstone on Tuesday.
The test marked Ticktum’s first time in a F1 car, having previously been denied test opportunities with backer Red Bull by the FIA due to his lack of superlience points.
Ticktum had a successful return to racing in 2017, having had to sit out most of 2016 due to a ban from an incident in British Formula 4. He began the year by becoming a member of the Red Bull Junior Team, and ended it with Macau Grand Prix and?MABA?victories.
This year he has raced in European Formula 3 with Motopark, and finished second to Mick Schumacher with four wins to his name. He also made two Super Formula appearances, substituting for the Red Bull-backed Nirei Fukuzumi, and tested in Formula 2.
Previous MABA winners have driven Jenson Button’s Canadian Grand Prix winning car from 2011, with Ticktum being the first to sample newer machinery in the form of a 2013 car. His test run was watched by 2018 MABA finalists Max Fewtrell, who won the Formula Renault Eurocup title last weekend, British F4 champions Jamie Caroline and Kiern Jewiss and BRDC British F3 driver Tom Gamble.
The award-deciding tests for the four finalists take place this week, and include runs in LMP3, GT3 and Formula Two machinery.
It was a very special day for @DanTicktum, as the SuperStar turned his first laps in a Formula 1 car as part of his prize for winning the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. You’ve never seen someone smile so much! pic.twitter.com/n8J0JmeqMC
? BRDC SuperStars (@BRDCSuperStars) October 23, 2018