#27 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Motopark Dallara Volkswagen)
The classic streets of Pau are ready for the FIA F3 European Championship this weekend but are they ready for Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum? The 18-year-old Briton is certainly up for the challenge after too long a wait since his 2017 season culminated in a sensational Macau Grand Prix F3 victory.
That single F3 outing was extra to his full season in Formula Renault and some GP3 races at the end of the season. This year, F3 is the first priority. "I can't wait to get out on track there and get racing. It's been too long a wait since my last race in Abu Dhabi at the end of last year, it's what, five, almost six months since then. It was good to have some time off but that's too long. Of course there's been a lot of work since February, testing on track, sim work and we are really ready to go."
Less talking more racing
"It's great to be starting in Pau, it's a place I love and a shame that last year the team and I didn't really have the chance to show what we could do. I am sure this year will be better, you know how I am, I don't want to talk about what's going to happen, I'd much rather just get out there and do it."
"The team have worked very hard through the winter to be well prepared and so have I," enthused the Motopark Team driver, happy to be back in the same squad he drove to victory with in Macau. "Red Bull have put a new Pau scan in their F3 sim and I'm sure it's the best F3 sim there is. I've done a 100 laps in it so I am sure that no one is better prepared."
"There is a lot of pressure to do well in practice because once it comes to the race there is no overtaking. We know that, we know we've got to get it right from the start so that's what we are going to do."
Pau weekend schedule – all times CEST
Friday 11th May
10:40 - Free practice 1 (40 minutes)
11:25 - Free practice 2 (40 minutes)
16:05 - Qualifying 1 - Group A (20 minutes)
16:30 - Qualifying 1 - Group B (20 minutes)
Saturday 12th May
11:10 - Race 1 (35 minutes)
16:05 - Qualifying 2 - Group B (20 minutes)
16:30 - Qualifying 2 - Group A (20 minutes)
Sunday 13th May
11:10 - Race 2 (35 minutes)
15:25 - Race 3 (35 minutes)