Dan Ticktum hopes his performance on Wednesday at the Bahrain test will earn him another outing with Red Bull in Barcelona in May.
Red Bull ran Max Verstappen on the opening day in Bahrain this week before Ticktum made his Formula 1 debut to close out the test. After completing 135 laps, the Red Bull young driver was content with the amount of experience he gained on a day where he finished ninth on the timing screens, 1.5 seconds adrift of Verstappen’s best lap.
“A lot learned, first time in a modern F1 car,” Ticktum said. “A big step up for me, even from Super Formula. The biggest thing for me was learning about all the different procedure,s because you don’t have that in the junior formulas. All the different things on the steering wheels, even on push laps you have to change so many things. That was all a bit to take in to start with, but I think I got used to it pretty quickly. All in all, really good I would say.
“Fitness is absolutely fine. I’ve prepared quite a lot since January. The last three or four months have been pretty flat-out, and that’s helped. The neck wasn’t too bad, either. I think we got some really good data for the team, which is obviously the most important part of these days.
“I had a little issue on my last tire run which stopped me from going about seven or so tenths faster. I’m a little bit annoyed about that, but it’s not what this day is about, it’s about gathering data. In that respect, it was good.”
On possible next steps, including another day in the car at the next in-season test in Barcelona, Ticktum said no firm plans were yet in place despite Red Bull needing to run another rookie for one of the two days in Spain.
“We’ll have to see,” he said. “Nothing is confirmed at the moment. I’ll just keep trying to do as I’m told, and do a good job and here and there, and hopefully I’ll get more opportunities like this.
“I hope (to drive in Barcelona). Hopefully I did a good enough job to get the go ahead for that, but it’s not confirmed at the moment.”