Formula 2 driver and former Williams junior Dan Ticktum would be “incredible” in IndyCar, according to his Carlin team.
Ticktum won his second F2 race of the season in Sochi last weekend, but admitted afterwards that it didn’t mean much to him, as he knows he will not be a Formula 1 driver in 2022.
However, Stephanie Tindall, the team’s PR manager and wife of team founder Trevor Carlin, believes that a move to the United States would be of benefit to him, and that he is looking at driving there.
Carlin already have an entry in the series through former Marussia driver Max Chilton, and they feel Ticktum would make a valuable addition to the series.
“He’d certainly make a great IndyCar driver. He’d be incredible,” Tindall enthused when speaking to Motorsport.com.
“His natural talent is right up there, and I think he’d really relish the challenges that IndyCar presents, in terms of all the different types of track we race on here.
“I think he’d really throw himself at it, and he’s certainly looking at IndyCar, but we’re not his management.”
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Ticktum admitted that his Formula 1 dream is now over after being dropped by Williams recenty, after being at at the centre of controversy when he openly criticised Nicholas Latifi’s talent while live streaming on Twitch, and accused that the Canadian “paid to get there” in Formula 1.
Although the Brit’s departure from Williams’ junior programme was formally announced shortly afterwards, the Carlin F2 driver clarified that the decision was made before his derogatory remarks were made.
Despite his transgression, Tindall threw her support behind Ticktum, while explaining how Carlin aim to help their drivers “mature”.
“He’s basically a good kid, but I think even he would agree he’s been his own worst enemy on occasion,” she said.
“We’ve certainly tried to mature him though. We try to create a family environment in our team here and in Europe, so drivers can reach their personal potential but also feel comfortable with their weaknesses and improving those as well.
“We hope drivers feel it’s an environment where they can be honest about where they are and where the car is.
“And so, I think Dan knows – as hopefully all our drivers know – that we’re 100 percent behind him. I think he appreciates that and carries it with him when he’s on track.”
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