17 year-old British driver Dan Ticktum has been named as a Red Bull junior for 2017. He joins the rigorous single-seater junior programme alongside 2016 GP2 champion Pierre Gasly, who will compete in Super Formula Japan in 2017.
Ticktum made his return to single-seater racing in 2016, after being banned for two years by the MSA because of an incident during a Formula Ford race at Silverstone in 2015.
At the time the UK governing body labelled it as a “disturbing and dangerous episode” as it was found that he ignored numerous yellow flags, under Safety Car, in order to catch up to rival Ricky Collard and crash into him. Ticktum apologised for the incident and dutily made his racing comeback, even making an appearance at last year Macau Grand Prix.
Finland’s Niko Kari is also named as being on the programme as he steps up from F3 to GP3 with Arden, while sixteen-year-old Dutchman Richard Verschoor will also have Red Bull branding on his Formula Renault 2.0 car this year. 15-year-old American Neil Verhagen will also join the programme and will race in Formula Renault 2.0 with MP Motorsport.