Red Bull and Super Formula exile Dan Ticktum will partner Formula 2 journeyman Sean Gelael in an all-new driving line-up at DAMS for the forthcoming feeder series season.

Ticktum’s appointment marks a return to a full-time drive after he lost his Red Bull-backed seat in the Japanese Super Formula championship in June.

The British driver had previously driven for the French squad in three GP3 Series rounds in 2017 and was excited to reunite with the championship-winning squad.

“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.

“By winning the teams’ title this year, DAMS has again shown that they are one of the best outfits out there.

“Francois [Sicard, team boss] and his team have a reputation in the Formula 1 paddock for producing top drivers as well as for offering them the best support to get them to F1 – I can’t wait to get started later this week in Abu Dhabi.”

He will be joined by Gelael, who will contest his seventh year in Formula 1’s feeder series following two lacklustre seasons with the PREMA Racing squad which yielded a single podium finish.

With DAMS having claimed the Teams’ Championship title thanks to the combined efforts of Nicholas Latifi and Sérgio Sette Câmara, the switch of teams marks a move to one of the most competitive outfits in Gelael’s career. The Indonesian will need to shrug off an increasing reputation of being little more than a pay driver whose family connections – rather than any true talent – have extended a lengthy career in the junior formulae.

Gregory and Olivier Driot, who took over the management of the team after the death of founder Jean-Paul Driot earlier this year, said: “Next season we will have a great mix in our driver pairing, with the significant experience of Sean in the year of a big technical change for F2 which will switch to 18-inch wheels.

“[Sean’s] background will allow us to have a reference and will provide us with good feedback, and we wish to help him get the results he deserves.

“With Dan, we are investing in a rookie who we wish to prepare as quickly as possible. We know he has raw speed, demonstrated with his two Macau Grand Prix wins and being vice-champion in European F3.

“He raced successfully with us in GP3 for three rounds and we also tested him in F2 which went very well. In a way, it is like he is coming back to the team, even if it was on a temporary basis before. I look forward to seeing them on track in DAMS’ colours.”

The Formula 2 Championship field will conduct a three-day test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, following which it is expected that the rest of the 2020 grid will be determined.

2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship – Provisional Entry List (to-date)
Team Drivers
ART Grand Prix Marcus Armstrong TBA
Campos Racing* TBA TBA
Carlin Motorsport*
Dan Ticktum Sean Gelael
HWA Racelab Giuliano Alesi Artem Markelov
MP Motorsport* TBA TBA
PREMA Racing Mick Schumacher Robert Schwartzman
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz* TBA TBA
Trident* TBA TBA
Virtuosi Racing UNI-Virtuosi Racing Callum Ilott TBA

* Official entry to be confirmed

Images via DAMS

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