Ever wondered what it takes to become a Formula 1 driver?
Dan Ticktum is regarded by many in motorsport as one of the most talented drivers of his generation. This year, he is racing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship for DAMS alongside Development Driver duties for Williams Racing: assisting with simulator work and car development.
Last year, Dan took part in his first Formula 1 tests in Bahrain in April and in Barcelona a month later for Red Bull Aston Martin Racing. In 2018, Dan raced in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship together with Motopark where he finished the season as Vice Champion. In November of that year, Dan won the legendary FIA Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix for the second consecutive year. He also competed at Sugo and Fuji, in two rounds of the 2018 Super Formula Championship with Team Mugen.
Dan finished seventh overall and was the second-best Rookie in the 2017 Formula Renault Eurocup series racing with Arden International. He also competed in the final three rounds of the 2017 GP3 series at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Circuito de Jerez and the Yas Marina Circuit, achieving podium finishes. In November 2017, Dan won for the first time at Macau, becoming the youngest ever winner at this prestigious event. A month later, he claimed the 2017 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award – the most important accolade for a junior British racing driver.
After taking a short ban following an incident at Silverstone during the 2015 MSA Formula 4 Championship, Dan returned to motorsport in 2016 racing in a couple of Formula 3 races and the Macau Grand Prix. In 2014, Dan raced with Zanardi Strakka Racing as their number one driver in KFJ. Racing under Dino Chiesa’s guidance – having nurtured the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg – Dan finished the season as Vice Champion in WSK Masters and third in WSK Champions Cup. He also broke the lap record at the Brands Indy circuit on his first test in a single seater with Lanan Racing in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship.
Early into his racing career, he became the 2013 European Vice Champion in KF Junior (class for 13-15 years) and was the winner of the Margutti Trophy. While in 2011 he surpassed the likes of Hamilton and Jenson Button, winning the Grandslam of all four British National Championship titles (British MSA Formula Kart Stars Champion, the National ABkC Super One Champion, the British Open Champion (ABkC O plate) and the British Grand Prix Champion (GP plate)).
This website charts Dan’s career to date and offers visitors a chance to discover the hard work and sacrifices required to make it to the pinnacle of motorsport.
“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.”
“Having worked with Dan in 2017, it is clear that he is a highly talent individual. Dan has all the tools in his armoury to achieve anything he wants within the sport.”
“Having spent some time with Dan since the end of 2016, I find him extremely intelligent and very interesting. He’s a great lad and I am very impressed with his performance on the way to climbing up the motorsport ladder.”
“I attended Dan’s first ever single-seater test at Pembrey, Wales and he was pushing right out of the box. He produced the best performance at a first test I have seen in 35 years of signing and developing young drivers.”
“Dan has an exceptional racing background and having been part of his early development in cars, I have no doubt that his talent and attitude will enable him to achieve even greater things in the future.”