Dan Ticktum recently had to wave goodbye to Williams after being booted from Red Bull’s training program. His chances of qualifying for Formula 1 are progressively dwindling for the current fourth-place finisher in the Formula 2 championship, as reported by GPblog.
Ticktum was a member of Red Bull’s Formula 3 driving program. In 2018, he finished second to Mick Schumacher in the championship.
He even got to test with Red Bull Racing during the Young Drivers Test in Bahrain in 2019, but Red Bull and Ticktum parted ways less than six months later. He is embraced by Williams, although the two had a falling out earlier this year.
“There wouldn’t have been a race for me next year anyway now that [Nicholas] Latifi has extended his contract [at Williams],” Ticktum said told Motorsportweek.com.
“It’s obviously very disappointing. My chances of getting into Formula One are pretty much gone, that’s the reality, unfortunately.” In doing so, the British driver called Formula 1 political and unfair.
“The best or the most talented drivers sometimes don’t get to the top.”
Farewell from motorsport?
In recent years, the 22-year-old driver has been a source of plenty of controversy. He is claimed to have spoken harshly against Latifi during a webcast, among other things.
“I’ve opened my mouth far too often and said things I shouldn’t have said. But I am who I am,” he said.
Ticktum, in his own words, doesn’t quite fit in with today’s Formula 1.
“Never say never. I’m a very fast driver. Maybe there is a way back to F1 one day, but it doesn’t look promising.”
If he is unable to secure a position with a good team for next season, the Briton is considering retiring from motor racing entirely.
“I don’t know what I’ll end up doing next year. If I can’t find a way to win races and make a lot of money in motorsport, then I’ll basically do something else.
“We’ll see where I end up, hopefully, get some opportunities. I’m sure I can be very valuable to another F1 team or somewhere over the pond. We’ll see.”