Ticktum Sees Championship Lead Cut to Just Three Points Despite Pair of Nurburgring Podiums


Daniel Ticktum - Motopark - Nurburgring
Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Daniel Ticktum felt his results across the weekend at the Nurburgring were solid, but it was quite an uneventful trio of races, with the Briton also seeing his advantage at the top of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship reduced to just three points.

The Red Bull Junior claimed two third places in the opening two races at the German venue before taking a fourth place in race three, but ultimately, the Motopark driver lost thirty-three points to Mick Schumacher, who took all three victories across the weekend.

“It was a solid enough weekend, not particularly eventful,” said Ticktum. “It is a shame qualifying wasn’t a little better, down to me in first session, a little more the car in the second and round here there is nowhere to pass, you just can’t get close enough.”

Ticktum said his Motopark team worked hard all weekend to improve the car but they never found the set-up required to fight for the wins, which all ultimately went the way of Schumacher and Prema Theodore Racing.

The nineteen-year-old ultimately claimed third in races one and two behind both Schumacher and Robert Shwartzman before dropping a position at the start of race three to Alex Palou to finish fourth, but he was disappointed to leave the Nurburgring with only a three-point advantage in the championship.

“The team worked hard at it all weekend, we all did but we never quite found the sweet spot and we were struggling with understeer,” said Ticktum.

“That is where I lost a place at the start of Race 3, the track had got hotter and I really fought all the way through to hold fourth. I was knackered by the end, just working at the car the whole race.

“There were a few people shaking their heads this weekend as someone has found a bit of pace from somewhere, a bit of a mystery but that’s not my problem.”

The next venue for the championship is the Red Bull Ring in two weeks time, and Ticktum feels that he can do well there as he looks to reassert himself at the top of the championship standings.

“I am just keeping my head down and working with the guys to make the best out of what we’ve got and we are looking forward to the Red Bull Ring,” said Ticktum.

“That’s a great track and I think we can do a really good job there.”