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Dan Ticktum joins Williams F1 team as development driver

by Peter Allen

Dan Ticktum has been signed by the Williams Formula 1 team as a development driver.

Ticktum, who won the Macau Grand Prix in both 2017 and 2018, had been a Red Bull junior until he was dropped by the scheme earlier this year after a disappointing start to his Super Formula campaign.

The 20-year-old will race in Formula 2 next year with DAMS, and will carry the Williams logo on his car.

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

“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.?

As well as his simulator work, Ticktum is set to attend two 2020 races integrated within the team.

Deputy team principal Claire Williams described Ticktum’s “technical expertise” as “invaluable”.

?I am delighted that Dan, another exciting young British talent, has joined the Williams Racing Driver Academy,” said Williams.

“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.?

Ticktum shares a management history with Williams race driver George Russell, with both having been mentored by the Infinity Sports Management firm.

DAMS F2 graduate Nicholas Latifi will be the team’s other race driver in 2020, as the only rookie on the F1 grid.