Ticktum: F2 win proves Red Bull's "doubt" wrong

He took two Macau Grand Prix victories as a Red Bull junior and narrowly missed out on the 2018 European Formula 3 title to Mick Schumacher, but was dropped by Red Bull last year after a disappointing start to his 2019 season in Super Formula.

He became a Williams F1 development driver at the end of last year and was picked up by DAMS – which has long rated the 21-year-old after he made five GP3 appearances with the team in 2017 – for the 2020 F2 season.

“A lot of people will know my career hasn’t been plain sailing, let’s say,” he told the post-race press conference at Silverstone.

“There’s a significance in that, but – [and] I don’t want to go too much into my past – obviously being dropped by Red Bull is a big blow to your career.

Ticktum beat Christian Lundgaard in Sunday’s 21-lap race, with the ART Grand Prix driver putting on fresh rubber during the late safety car and finishing just 0.376s adrift.

After four F2 rounds so far in 2020, Prema Racing’s Robert Shwartzman leads the standings on 81 points, ahead of Callum Ilott (UNI-Virtuosi) on 73, with Ticktum now fifth on 56.

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