Late Braking Interviews Dan Ticktum.
We here at Late Braking were lucky enough to get a few words from Dan who recently joined the Red Bull Junior Team.
LB: Who inspired you to start racing?
DT: My dad was my first inspiration – he really got me into it and then it was my love for cars that made me want to race. When I was very young, I wasn’t really watching it on TV but as I grew older, Schumacher became a great inspiration.
LB: How did you find the testing for BRDC Award last year? 3 different categories of cars in two days must have been tough but massively enjoyable!
DT: It was a great experience and I enjoyed all of it to be honest. I never really get nervous so I just had to leave no stone unturned and approach everything with the correct attitude and perform as best as I could.
LB: What are your goals for the 2018 season? Is a full season in GP3 on the cards?
DT: I’ll be racing in European Formula 3 with Team Motopark in 2018 so I’ll be hoping to do very well in that.
LB: Having been signed to the Red Bull Junior Programme in 2017, have you found that it has helped your driving?
DT: The Red Bull programme is amazing - it encourages you to grow and develop yourself but equally, it can be quite hands-off in terms of driver tuition, which encourages you to get on with things. It has given me great confidence, which has helped me as a person to progress and ultimately improved my racing.
LB: What is your favourite circuit?
DT: Macau. It has always been my favourite track – even before I won the Macau Grand Prix last year – but now it’s even more special to me.
LB: If you could race alongside any Formula 1 driver, past or present, who would it be?
DT: James Hunt.
LB: What has been your best late braking overtake? (We hope you say your overtake on Lando Norris and Maximillian Gunther at Macau because that was mega)
DT: Going around the outside of Lando Norris and Max Gunther in Macau has to be my best late braking overtake yet.
LB: If you weren't a racing driver what would you be?
DT: If I wasn’t a racing driver, I would probably be studying for something business related and then I would be doing music as a semi-serious hobby and if it went anywhere, I’d go down the music route.
LB: Congrats on your win at the Macau GP at the end of last year, that was a crazy finish! What were you thinking as you rounded the final corner and found the two guys in front of you in the barriers?
DT: I didn’t really know what was happening! For the whole race, I was very calm and knew exactly what was going on but when I saw the two guys in the barriers and I crossed the line, I wasn’t sure if it was definitely the last lap. I had no idea what was going on, it was so, so mad. And then I realised I’d won about halfway down the straight. And that was that, really. I was pretty surprised to say the least. There isn’t really a word to describe how surprised I was!
LB: Do you have any quirky/specific pre-race routines? (i.e. type of music/food/drink, etc.)
DT: No, I am not very superstitious. I don’t really have any specific things that I rely on. I obviously do a warm up with stretching and the quick reaction exercises before a race but I don’t have a specific song I need to listen to. Definitely no special pants or anything like that!
LB: Who do you think is going to win the 2018 Formula 1 title?
DT: I would like to say Max and Red Bull but realistically I’m not sure the engine is going to be good enough which is a shame. So, I would probably put my money on Hamilton again.
We just want to say a huge thank you to Dan and all his team for taking the time out to answer our questions. We wish Dan all the best in what is surely going to be a very exciting year for him.