Red Bull Formula 1 junior driver Dan Ticktum will make his debut in the FIA Formula 2 Championship in its season-ending round at Abu Dhabi this weekend.

The 19-year-old finished runner-up to Mick Schumacher in this year’s FIA European Formula 3 Championship and won his second Macau Grand Prix in a row at least weekend’s event.

The Briton has traveled from Macau to Abu Dhabi and will replace BWT Arden driver Maximilian Günther, who scored the team’s sole win of the 2018 season at the reversed-grid Sprint Race at Silverstone. Günther is confirmed to join Dragon Racing’s line-up in the 2018-19 FIA Formula E Championship season, which kicks off next month.

Ticktum will partner Nirei Fukuzumi at this weekend’s event in Abu Dhabi. Fukuzumi’s Super Formula seat at Team Mugen has been occupied by Ticktum when the Japanese driver’s Formula 2 and Super Formula round appearances clashed.

Ticktum, who has previously been linked to a Formula 1 drive with Scuderia Toro Rosso next year, is 5 points shy of the number required to qualify for a Super License that would allow him to race in the top echelon.

With former driver Daniil Kvyat confirmed to drive for the team in 2019, the Italian outfit’s second race seat is still up for grabs although popular consensus is that F2 championship frontrunner Alexander Albon will get the nod if Red Bull is successful in negotiating his release from the Nissan e.dams Formula E team he had originally signed for.

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