Red Bull have ruled out Dan Ticktum to step in the Trident FIA Formula 2 seat, left open following Santino Ferrucci’s ban.
Trident have confirmed the contract termination of the American driver after receiving a two round ban for a deliberate racing incident on then team-mate Arjun Maini, as well as multiple regulation breaches. Trident are preparing to take the matter to court against Ferrucci and his father.
With the next round of F2 in Hungary this weekend, the Italian team need to find a driver to partner Maini for the rest of the season.
British and Red Bull backed driver Dan Ticktum has hit the headlines lately as a possible replacement for Brendon Hartley in 2019 for Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda. But Ticktum doesn’t require the correct amount of superlicence points to compete in F1, even if he wins this year’s FIA European Formula 3 Championship.
A change in the points system with the FIA Superlicence would be needed if Ticktum is required to race in F1 next year, even a partial campaign in F2 wouldn’t be enough to help Ticktum.
Ticktum raced in Formula 1’s support package with the GP3 Series last year with DAMS for five races and claimed one podium finish.
But reading on the availability of the Trident Seat, the reigning McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner and Macau Grand Prix Winner told Autosport that he believes that he may eventually be placed in F2.
“As soon as I saw Ferrucci wouldn’t be at Trident any more, it came to mind that I could do a few races. But we’ll see. There’s been nothing from Red Bull.” said Ticktum.
“If Helmut wants me to do it, he’ll just phone me up and tell me to do it and I will.
“I wouldn’t be nervous or worried to do it, I would enjoy doing it.”
Red Bull’s Helmut Marko was quick to deny the speculation over Ticktum vacant for the Trident seat, saying he wants him to focus on F3 this year.
“No,” Marko said. “He now has to deliver constant performances in F3.”
“He will make the step to F1 only if he delivers a mature performance first.”