Sport Motor racing - Red Bull junior driver Ticktum wins McLaren F1 test

11:20  04 december  2017
11:20  04 december  2017 Source:   Reuters

De Vries joins Prema for 2018 F2 campaign

  De Vries joins Prema for 2018 F2 campaign McLaren Formula 1 junior Nyck de Vries will compete for the 2018 Formula 2 title at Prema Racing, as the team completes their driver line-up. This season was de Vries’ rookie campaign in F2. Initially driving for Rapax, he made a mid-season switch to Racing Engineering. The 22-year-old claimed his maiden F2 victory in the Monaco sprint race en route to seventh in the drivers’ standings. Entering the category in 2016, Prema has guided both Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc to the drivers’ title in consecutive seasons. “First of all, I want to thank everyone involved for this opportunity,” de Vries stated. “I am delighted to join such a successful team as Prema and I thank them for putting their faith in me. “We have known each other for a while, so to finally be racing together is very exciting and I can’t wait to go back to Italy. “We’re very much looking forward to the new challenges that F2 has introduced with the new car for 2018. It will be a very competitive championship, may the best win!” Prema team boss Rene Rosin believes that de Vries will be able to challenge for the title next season. “We are delighted to have secured the services of Nyck for the 2018 Formula 2 season,” he said. “His skills are outstanding and we hope that, together with Prema, he will be able to make the most out of his talent and fight for the title, while helping us to get a head start for the new season.” De Vries joins Sean Gelael at the team in 2018. The Indonesian’s switch from Arden to Prema was confirmed last week.

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) – Red Bull junior driver Dan Ticktum put McLaren in an awkward position on Sunday after winning a coveted award that includes a Formula One test drive and simulator role with the Woking-based team.

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Red Bull junior driver Dan Ticktum put McLaren in an awkward position on Sunday after winning a coveted award that includes a Formula One test drive and simulator role with the Woking-based team.

  Motor racing - Red Bull junior driver Ticktum wins McLaren F1 test © Reuters

By Alan Baldwin

Red Bull junior driver Dan Ticktum put McLaren in an awkward position on Sunday after winning a coveted award that includes a Formula One test drive and simulator role with the Woking-based team.

Macau Formula Three Grand Prix winner Ticktum, 18, beat three other young Britons to win the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.

Previous winners include 2009 Formula One world champion Jenson Button and three times Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti.

Last year's winner Lando Norris is now the McLaren Formula One reserve driver.

Ticktum, however, has been contracted to rivals Red Bull since the start of the year and has been in that team's simulator already.

Rowland to test for Racing Engineering, option to remain in F2 next year

  Rowland to test for Racing Engineering, option to remain in F2 next year Oliver Rowland will test for Racing Engineering in Formula 2’s post-season Abu Dhabi test, with an option for a race seat in 2018 with the Spanish outfit. Rowland will test the car on Friday and Saturday, in order to assess one of his options for next season. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to get some time in another car in preparation for next year,” he said. “They are a great team and I’m excited to see what I can do with the car. “I’m still undecided of what route to take in 2018, the realistic aim now is to be in F1 in 2019 and that’s what I will be pushing for.” Renault’s F1 development driver Rowland was the only driver to consistently challenge eventual champion Charles Leclerc in 2017’s F2 championship. Rowland, who raced for DAMS in 2017, was unlucky to only finish third in the drivers’ championship following disqualifications at Spa and Abu Dhabi through arguably no fault of his own. “I was disappointed with my third place finish in last season’s Formula 2 Championship,” he added. “I think me and the team deserved more but that’s racing. “I would like to thank DAMS for all their hard work, winning in Monaco was the highlight of my career and I wish them every success in the future. “Part of me wants to avenge that and try and win the championship next season but I will let my team decide what is best for my future – with lots of options on the table, we are in no rush to make a decision.” The 25-year-old will take over from Norman Nato, and will test alongside European Formula 3 driver Maximilian Gunther on Friday, with his team-mate on Saturday, yet to be confirmed.

For Dan, just being a race car driver isn't enough." I have to be honest, My favourite aspect of racing is definitely winning which is what makes me so driven . Niko Kari continues his GP3 campaign at Monza this weekend and the 17-year-old Finn is joined by fellow Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum .

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McLaren sources told Reuters the prize would be honoured, with Ticktum probably getting to drive a 2013 Formula One car, but a meaningful factory simulator role with them was out of the question.

McLaren and Red Bull will both have the same Renault engines next year after the former ended a three-year partnership with Honda.

Ticktum was still delighted to be the 29th recipient of the award, whose first winner was now-retired Formula One racer David Coulthard back in 1989.

"I had an amazing weekend in Macau and this has exceeded that," said the Briton, who was handed a part-suspended two year ban in 2015 for ignoring safety car conditions. "I cannot put into words how proud I am right now."

"People know I had a tough career to start with and there have been some very important people who believed in me, particularly Red Bull, (team principal) Christian Horner, (Red Bull consultant) Dr Helmut Marko," he added.

Deletraz tops day one of Formula 2 testing in Abu Dhabi

  Deletraz tops day one of Formula 2 testing in Abu Dhabi Louis Deletraz ended day one of the post-season Formula 2 test in Abu Dhabi fastest, having circulated his MP Motorsport in a time of 1m48.282s. The Swiss driver set the third fastest time in the morning session behind pacesetter Lando Norris and Jack Aitken, capping off a strong day with a new team as he shot to the top of the timing screens in the afternoon. Alexander Albon for DAMS and Norman Nato testing with Racing Engineering rounded out the effective podium for the day, ahead of Santino Ferrucci (Trident), Nyck de Vries testing with Prema Racing and Norris, who will join the returning Carlin team for 2018. 2017 GP3 champion George Russell, who appears to be a shoe-in with ART Grand Prix next season, set the seventh fastest time of the afternoon with a 1:48.805s ahead of Luca Ghiotto and Artem Markelov, who helped the outgoing Russian Time squad to the 2017 team’s title. Trident debutant Arjun Maini rounded out the afternoon in tenth place, while Aitken and Nicholas Latifi ensured the top 12 drivers were all separated by less than a second. Nirei Fukuzumi and Ralph Boschung put Arden International 13th and 14th ahead of debutant Tadasuke Makino and Prema’s new signing Sean Gelael, while Ferrari junior driver Guanyu Zhou ended his first day of Formula 2 testing in 17th. Series returnee Rene Binder ended the day with his Rapax in 18th, while debutants Maximilian Günther and Michael Dorrbecker propped up the field.

Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum has described his move that won him the Macau Grand Prix as something special. 10 Ex- McLaren man Whitmarsh joins new FE board. "It was an incredible race ," said Ticktum , who was in only his third Formula 3 race weekend.

Barcelona - Test Session, Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Ticktum Wins Macau!! - An incredible drive from P8 on the grid to victory for the Red Bull Junior .

"They've given me a chance and I hope I can do them proud."

Mercedes's four times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, who did not attend, sent a video message after being named best international racing driver and British competition driver.

There was also an award for retired Brazilian triple world champion Nelson Piquet, who struggled to contain his emotions, honouring his contribution to motorsport.

Piquet was presented with his award by former Brabham designer Gordon Murray, whose cars took him to his first two titles in 1981 and 1983. The third crown was won with Williams in 1987.

"It is much easier to race than to see your son racing," said Piquet, whose son and namesake also competed in Formula One and was the first champion in the Formula E electric series in 2014-15.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Greg Stutchbury)

'Get me in the mix': Ricciardo wants to join Vettel-Hamilton rivalry .
Red Bull struggled to match Mercedes and Ferrari in 2017, leaving Daniel Ricciardo urging the team to equip him for a title challenge.Mercedes driver Hamilton and his Ferrari counterpart Vettel battled for the Formula One crown in 2017, the Englishman coming out on top to join the German on four career titles.

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