Daniel Ticktum: “This weekend, the pace was strong”

Daniel Ticktum took two rookie victories in Monaco - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Daniel Ticktum left Monaco with two rookie victories, with the Red Bull Junior taking two fifth place finishes on his first visit to the Principality.

The Arden Motorsport driver finished sixth on the road in the first race, but was promoted up to fifth when fellow Red Bull star Richard Verschoor was handed a time penalty for a jump start, while his Sunday race was far more straightforward.

Despite his strong results, Ticktum acknowledged that he was not able to compete with the four drivers ahead of him in either race, although he was happy to be both the leading rookie and the best of the Red Bull racers throughout the weekend in Monaco.

“After inheriting fifth place and the win in the rookie category yesterday, I was able to do it again without any intervention,” said Ticktum. “It matches my goal to be the best newcomer and first among the Red Bull drivers.

“I’m gaining more and more experience, an area that I was weak in at the start of the season. This weekend, the pace was strong, but not enough to compete with the top four. All the same we put in our best qualifying performance.

“That was a great weekend,” added the 17-year-old Briton. “We are really getting somewhere and I feel that I am driving well and making good use of the car. I think there is still a bit to find in the car but I’m much happier with what I am doing and it was a very good weekend.

“The main thing is that I am on track now, we’re moving forward and there is a lot to look forward to at the next races. It was an amazing weekend all round, I loved it. As a track I still prefer Macau but this place is super special.”