Ever wondered what it takes to become a Formula 1 driver?
Dan Ticktum is already regarded by many in motorsport as one of the most talented drivers of his generation. In 2011 he surpassed the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, winning the Grandslam of all 4 British National Championship titles, only ever achieved by one other racer: British MSA Formula Kart Stars Champion, National ABkC Super One Champion, British Open Champion (ABkC O plate), British Grand Prix Champion (GP plate).
In 2013 he became the European Vice Champion in KF Junior (class for 13-15 years) and was the winner of the Margutti Trophy. Winners of which have been Formula 1 stars Giancarlo Fisichella, Robert Kubica and more recently Daniil Kvyat.
In 2014 Dan raced with Zanardi Strakka racing as their number one driver in KFJ, for his assault on the major European and World titles. The team is run by Dino Chiesa who has nurtured such talent as Hamilton, Rosberg and Liuzzi as they made the transition from karting to single seaters. Dan finished the season as Vice Champion in WSK Masters and 3rd in WSK Champions Cup. He also broke the lap record at the Brands Indy circuit on his first test in single seaters with Lanan Racing in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship.
In 2015, he signed with Fortec Motorsport to continue his journey to Formula 1 in the FIA approved MSA Formula 4. He led the early rounds of the Championship until an incident at Silverstone saw him receive a short ban from motorsport despite this he ended up finishing 6th in his first season of single-seater racing.
Dan returned to motorsport in 2016, racing in the final round of the European Formula 3 Championship in Hockenheim with Carlin. He then won his second comeback race in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship Autumn Trophy event at Snetterton. That year, Dan also competed in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix with Double R Racing where he finished an impressive 8th in Saturday’s qualifying race before he had to retire early in Sunday’s main race.
In January 2017, Dan was announced as a Red Bull Junior Team driver and competed in the 2017 Formula Renault Eurocup series with Arden International, finishing 7th overall and 2nd best Rookie. 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, scoring very well with podium finishes. In November 2017, he won the FIA Formula 3 World Cup at the legendary Macau Grand Prix in only his third ever race in the category. He finished his year by winning the most prestigious accolade any junior British racing driver can hope to receive: the 2017 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
In 2018, Dan raced in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship together with Motopark where he finished the season as Vice Champion. He also competed in two rounds, Sugo and Fuji, in the 2018 Super Formula Championship with Team Mugen and in November, Dan won the Macau Grand Prix once more after already claiming victory the year before. He will finish the season by competing in the final FIA Formula 2 round in Abu Dhabi with Arden International before heading for a full season in Super Formula in 2019.
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.
”Dan is one of the young drivers to watch out for in 2018. To be a part of the Red Bull Junior Team you have to work hard to be the very best and that is why drivers’ like Dan are selected. Red Bull expects him to perform, I am confident that Dan will succeed and look forward to seeing him develop into a great young racing driver.”
“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 last year, I find him extremely intelligent and very interesting. He’s a great lad and I look forward to seeing how he gets on in Formula Renault 2.0 this year.”
“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.”