Bahrain Grand Prix – Red Bull junior driver Dan Ticktum will officially take part in an F1 session next week, when he drives the RB15 at the in-season test at Sakhir.
Runner-up in F3 Euroseries last season to Mick Schumacher, Ticktum will get his first drive in an official F1 session next week. There’s a two day in-season test, the first of two this year, scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday at the Sakhir Circuit right after the Grand Prix weekend. He has previously driven older Formula 1 machinery at various promotional events.
Ticktum has been a member of Red Bull’s Junior program since 2017, and has won the Macau Grand Prix in F3 for the last two seasons. After his runner-up position in F3 last year, he took part in the Asian F3 Winter Series in an attempt to gain more superlicence points as he was tipped as a possibility to replace Brendon Hartley at Toro Rosso. However, he didn’t get the results required, although Christian Horner denied that he ever had a possibility of the F1 seat just yet.
Along with his planned season in Japan where he’s due to take part in Super Formula, Ticktum will drive the RB15 on Wednesday, taking over from Max Verstappen’s day at the wheel on Tuesday. Of the four scheduled in-season test days this season, two must be completed by a rookie driver (of two Grands Prix experience or less).
Ticktum will have his 2018 F3 title rival on track with him on Wednesday. Mick Schumacher, who graduates to Formula 2 with Prema this season, will be driving for Alfa Romeo that day, having driven for Ferrari on Tuesday.