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FIA Super License Rules Holding Back Red Bull F1 Prospect

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The FIA is putting the brakes on a 19-year-old Formula 1 hopeful before he even gets into the cockpit as Red Bull Racing tries to promote its next young F1 hotshot.

Red Bull, which has been looking for a potential replacement for struggling Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley, believes it has found its next young driver for its F1 program in Daniel Ticktum, a 19-year-old Briton and Red Bull junior driver. Ticktum is currently second in Formula 3

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In 2015, Ticktum was banned from motorsports for two years for deliberately crashing into a rival, but now he's under Red Bull racing guru Helmut Marko's wing.

"It's no coincidence that his program has proven so successful," said Ticktum. "I think it's his philosophy for young drivers -- urging them to get on with things, and the lessons he gets them to learn."

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Marko wants Ticktum to make the next step with an F1 test in the session to take place after the Hungarian Grand Prix, but the FIA's super license rules do not allow it. Even a championship in Formula 3 is worth just 30 super license points (second place in the championship is worth 25 points). A driver needs 40 points in a three-year period to qualify for a super license.

"He drives great races in Formula 3 but has not yet scored the points for the license. But how are we supposed to bring our young drivers to Formula 1?" Marko told Auto Motor und Sport.

If Ticktum cannot drive in Hungary, Marko will pencil him in for the Abu Dhabi test at the end of the season. Ticktum thinks he is ready.

"I know I'm quick enough and good enough to make F1, but I need to focus on some pieces of the puzzle -- but I'm a lot closer to the finished article," Ticktum said.

By GMM


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Source : http://autoweek.com/article/formula-one/fia-super-license-rules-holding-back-red-bull-f1-prospect

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