Dan Ticktum

Pau pole and podium for Ticktum in FIA F3

#27 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Motopark Dallara Volkswagen)
Qualifying 1: 1st (Group B) – Race 1 Grid: 1st – Race 1 Result: 3rd
Qualifying 2: 5th (Group B) – Race 2 Grid: 10th – Race 2 Result: DNF (Technical)
Qualifying 3: 3rd (Group B) – Race 3 Grid: 6th – Race 3 Result: 5th
FIA F3 European championship position: 7th – 20 points – after 3 of 30 races

A typically dramatic Pau Grand Prix saw changes of weather and fortune. Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum made a great start to the event, was second fastest in both free practice sessions, then topped the opening qualifying and thus started Race 1 from pole. The 18-year-old Briton got jumped at the start and again following a restart so finished third.

"It was pretty frustrating after a great start to the weekend," stated the Motopark driver. "The pace was there to win every race but a few things got in our way. The first race, yes I take blame for that, I got passed by a kamikaze move that was a bit unnecessary at this point in the season but OK."

Technical

"That afternoon, in the wet qualifying we had a broken brake balance adjuster and so the balance was off and I just didn't have the confidence needed to do the best job. Then I went straight on at turn two just at the end of the session when everyone was going quicker."

"In race 2 my headrest came off and I was forced to retire, not good at all. Race 3 was a real shame, red flagged because of the rain, a big disappointment, only half points awarded so we didn't lose too much there. But with the speed we had the results really should have been a whole lot better."