Ticktum and Gelael to race for DAMS in 2020 | Formula 2

DAMS has confirmed an all-new driver line-up for its Formula 2 team in 2020.

Former Red Bull Junior Team driver Dan Ticktum will join the 2019 teams’ champions for his first full season in F2. The 20-year-old tested DAMS’ F2 car last year and raced in that year’s season finale for Arden.

Ticktum lost his place in Red Bull’s driver development programme this year after the two-times Macau Grand Prix winner made a disappointing move into Japan’s Super Formula series, scoring just one point from the first three races.

“It’s an honour to be joining DAMS in Formula 2 for the 2020 season,” said Ticktum. “Having competed with them in GP3 in 2017, I’m looking forward to being back with the team and continuing to build on those successes.”

Gelael will enter his fourth season at this level. He drove for Prema in the last two seasons and the championship in 2016, when it was called GP2, with Arden. He finished 15th in his first two campaigns but slipped to 17th in 2019.

The 23-year-old said he is “really humbled that DAMS has accepted me as one of their drivers, especially after the year they’ve had winning the teams’ championship and with the tough driver market there is.

“Obviously, we’ll be looking to repeat that next season although it’s going to be challenging. We have big changes with the introduction of the 18-inch wheels, but we’ve got a great bunch of people that believe in their drivers.”

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2019 Formula 2 post-season test day one driver line-up

The post-season Formula 2 test will begin tomorrow at Yas Marina. The following drivers have been confirmed for day one:

1Nikita MazepinCarlin
2Yuki TsunodaCarlin
3Christian LundgaardART
4Marcus ArmstrongART
5Dan TicktumDAMS
6Sean GelaelDAMS
7Guanyu ZhouVirtuosi
8Callum IlottVirtuosi
9Mick SchumacherPrema
10Robert ShwartzmanPrema
11Louis DeletrazCharouz
12Pedro PiquetCharouz
14Guilherme SamaiaCampos
15Niko KariCampos
16Felipe DrugovichMP
17Mahaveer RaghunathanMP
18Giuliano AlesiHWA
22Artem MarkelovHWA
20Luca GhiottoTrident
21Marino SatoTrident

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