Williams Racing has announced that Formula 2 driver Dan Ticktum will remain with the Grove-based outfit for the 2021 F1 season, serving as the team’s Development Driver.
The British driver joined Williams last year, taking on a busy simulator programme to aid with the car development. The Grove-based outfit has now revelaed that the 21-year-old will stay with the team for another season. The second year of their mutual work will see Ticktum represent the team trackside where possible and conducting development work at the factory.
After competing in the FIA Formula 2 in 2020, Ticktum will race in F1’s main feeder series once again this year, racing for Carlin and carrying the Williams Racing Driver Academy logo on both his car and overalls. His 2020 year was a successful campaign for the Briton as he secured a victory and took three additional podium finishes in his rookie season.
Ticktum’s biggest success came in the Macau Grand Prix which he won both in 2017 and 2018.
Speaking about the announcement, Dan Ticktum said: “I am very happy to be continuing my partnership with Williams as Development Driver. It will be fun to get more time trackside this year as last year was quite difficult, so it will be nice to get more involved with the team at the track.
"I am looking forward to continuing my support in the sim, and I am very focused for this year. I still have a lot of work to do as my season hasn’t started but I am privileged and very happy as always to be representing Williams," concluded Ticktum.
Simon Roberts, Team Principal of Williams Racing added: “It’s great to be continuing our working with Dan in his role as Development Driver for Williams Racing. He is a very exciting young driver with plenty of talent, which is evidenced by his back-to-back successes in Macau along with his impressive rookie season in F2 last year.
"We got to see first-hand his skills in the simulator and Dan played an important role in helping with car development, along with becoming a well-respected member of the team. We look forward to watching him grow and develop in 2021.”