DAN TICKTUM TO COMPETE IN FORMULA E IN 2022
Written by Andrew Lwanga Edited by Harshi Vashee
Two time Macau Grand Prix winner and current Formula 2 racer Dan Ticktum is set to join Formula E for the 2022 season with NIO 333. Ticktum will take over the seat vacated by Tom Blomqvist with the latter heading to IMSA.
The announcement comes just a week before Formula E’s official Pre Season test is set to take place in Valencia. Ticktum is set to participate in the test but will have to leave the final day of testing in order to compete at the penultimate round of the Formula 2 season in Saudi Arabia.
The Briton who races under the Carlin banner sits at fourth in the standings less than 50 points behind Championship leader Oscar Piastri. Although highly unlikely, he still retains a mathematical possibility of winning the title.
In reference to his switch towards the all electric racing series Ticktum said,
“It’s going to be quite a big challenge as I have not had long to prepare for the test next week, and Formula E is complicated, but it’ll be very exciting.”
“There are quite a few different tools you can use as a driver but it’s a totally different experience to Formula 2, so I’m really looking forward to it, both mentally and physically.”
“I’ve had a great few days with the team at Silverstone this week and hopefully we can try to make some progress next season and get further up the grid.”
NIO CEO Vincent Wang was optimistic about the recruitment of Ticktum despite the well documented troubles of the 22 year old’s relatively young career, stating,
“Let’s warmly welcome Daniel Ticktum as our newest member of the NIO 333 Formula E family. His race results that impress me the most are the two victories in the Macau Grand Prix, one of the most famous races in the world.”
“Though he has shouldered some difficulties during his career, I believe that his experience will pave the way to success. He is a young, bright new star who will shine on the Formula E racetrack.”
Ticktum will get his first taste of Formula E machinery with the now Silverstone based team on the 29th of November when he’ll participate in Pre-season testing.