Red Bull junior Ticktum wins Formula 1 test
4 December 2017 – Red Bull-backed Dan Ticktum is set to receive the opportunity to test a Formula 1 car as part of his prize for winning the McLaren Autosport BRDC award.
Ticktum, 18, won this year's Macau Grand Prix in dramatic fashion, capitalising on a final-corner crash, and also competed in Formula Renault 2.0 and the GP3 Series.
He beat BRDC Formula 3 champion Enaam Ahmed, fellow Eurocup race winner Max Fewtrell and dominant Euroformula Open victor Harrison Scott to the award, presented in London on Sunday night.
Ticktum has been contracted to Red Bull since the beginning of the year, spending time in the team's simulator, ostensibly complicating some elements of the prize.
According to Reuters, the prize Formula 1 test will be honoured, most likely in the 2013-spec car, but a simulator role with McLaren is said to be "out of the question", given Ticktum's Red Bull ties.
Previous winners of the McLaren Autosport BRDC award include 2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti.
Last year's winner, Lando Norris, will act as McLaren's reserve driver from 2018.