FIA says no to F1 test for Dan Ticktum

Jul.12 (GMM) Red Bull has hit an obstacle as it tries to promote its next young F1 hotshot.

The energy drink company has been looking for a potential replacement for struggling Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley.

It found him in the form of Daniel Ticktum, a 19-year-old Briton and Red Bull junior driver.

A few years, ago, Ticktum made headlines when he was banned from motor sport for deliberately crashing into a rival.

But now he’s under Dr Helmut Marko’s wing.

“It’s no coincidence that his programme has proven so successful,” said Ticktum. “I think it’s his philosophy for young drivers — urging them to get on with things, and the lessons he gets them to learn.”

Now, Marko wants Ticktum to make the next step with a F1 test in the session to take place after the Hungarian grand prix.

But the FIA’s super license rules do not allow it.

“He drives great races in Formula 3 but has not yet scored the points for the license. But how are we supposed to bring our young drivers to formula one?” Marko told Auto Motor und Sport.

If Ticktum cannot drive in Hungary, Marko will pencil him in for the Abu Dhabi test at the end of the season.

Ticktum thinks he is ready.

“I know I’m quick enough and good enough to make F1, but I need to focus on some pieces of the puzzle — but I’m a lot closer to the finished article,” he said.

Related News

  • 22/08/2018 Red Bull set to decide Gasly replacement Aug.22 (GMM) Red Bull is poised to decide Pierre Gasly's 2019 replacement at Toro Rosso in the coming days. Frenchman Gasly has been promoted to the senior team to replace Daniel […]
  • 22/07/2015 Early season criticism ‘not pleasant’ – Kvyat Jul.22 (GMM) Daniil Kvyat has admitted to some relief that his difficulties of early 2015 are now behind him. After stepping up from his rookie season with Toro Rosso to the big team Red […]
  • 06/10/2017 Sainz not planning for 2019 season yet Oct.6 (GMM) Carlos Sainz says he is not yet thinking about 2019. Actually, the Spaniard is set to switch from Toro Rosso to the Renault works team next year. But Red Bull is retaining […]
  • 22/05/2018 F2 driver would refuse Toro Rosso call-up May 22 (GMM) A Formula 2 driver has counted himself out of speculation about the second Toro Rosso seat. With Brendon Hartley struggling for pace in 2018, rumours suggest Red Bull could […]
  • 20/08/2018 Ticktum not denying Toro Rosso rumour Aug.20 (GMM) Dan Ticktum has given a strong hint that he might be about to make his move into formula one. In July, Red Bull wanted the 19-year-old F3 driver to replace Brendon Hartley […]
  • 21/08/2018 Marko relationship better now – Gasly Aug.21 (GMM) His relationship with Dr Helmut Marko all patched up, Pierre Gasly is now headed for the F1 big-time. The 22-year-old Frenchman has been signed up to replace Daniel […]
  • 15/06/2017 Red Bull drivers ‘cannot end contracts’ – Marko Jun.15 (GMM) Red Bull has control of the destinies of its F1 drivers. That is the claim of Dr Helmut Marko, the boss of the energy drink company's driver programme. At Red Bull Racing, […]
  • 29/04/2016 Marko plays down Verstappen-Kvyat rumours Apr.29 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has played down speculation Max Verstappen will definitely be promoted to Red Bull's senior team for 2017. The Austrian, who runs the energy drink company's […]
  • 26/08/2017 Marko admits Red Bull unhappy with Toro Rosso Aug.26 (GMM) Red Bull is not happy with its second formula one team, Toro Rosso. That is the admission of the energy drink company's key official Dr Helmut Marko, who is regarded as the […]
  • 04/04/2018 New Ricciardo deal must be ‘beneficial’ – Marko Apr.4 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko says he wants Daniel Ricciardo to stay at Red Bull. Actually, Australian Ricciardo has gone onto the driver market for 2019, and is already linked with a move […]