The previous Crimson Bull and Williams Formulation 1 junior driver is going through an unsure future within the sport after admitting earlier this month that he’s blown his chances of achieving his ultimate goal of reaching F1.
Nevertheless, Ticktum helped his trigger to land a drive for 2022 by producing a faultless efficiency in tough damp situations to win Saturday’s only F2 sprint race at the Sochi Autodrom.
Whereas pleased to have received the race, he described the victory as bittersweet given his future prospects. However the 22-year-old did reveal post-race that he has some choices for subsequent yr and believes he has “an excessive amount of to supply” to think about ending his motor racing profession.
“Profitable is just not going to harm,” he mentioned when requested how well timed this victory could possibly be for his future.
“I simply do not actually know what to say, to be sincere. The previous few weeks I’ve been accepting the truth that I am not going to realize my purpose.
“I do not wish to get miserable however it’s miserable. The superlicence denied me a number of years in the past. I’ve achieved some silly issues alongside the best way and I do not know the place I’ll find yourself.
“I’ve all the time mentioned if I do not make it to F1 I’ll bugger off and do one thing else if I am sincere, however with out being boastful I believe I’ve acquired an excessive amount of to supply behind the steering wheel.
“I’ve a few choices however it isn’t the perfect time.”
When requested to elaborate on his choices for 2022, he added: “I am unable to say precisely something however anybody with half a mind will know its IndyCar, DTM, one other yr of F2 just about or perhaps Formulation E.
“These are going to be the choices so these are the locations I’ll be trying.”
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Reflecting on his second F2 win of the season, Ticktum admitted it was one of many “scariest” races he is ever pushed given the damp situations and determination to run on slick tyres.
“The extra time I give it some thought, I am fairly pleased I did not put a foot unsuitable,” he added.
“It was quite a bit about automotive management and particularly with the VSCs when the tyres go off a bit and you do not know how a lot to push.
“It was in all probability one of many scariest races I believe I’ve achieved. I keep in mind a race on slicks within the rain all the best way again in 2011 in karting I received by about 12 seconds.
“Firstly of the race there wasn’t a full dry line and particularly being the lead automotive there was lot to consider.
“It’s candy there is no such thing as a doubt about that. Clearly any racing driver in any class desires to win. While it’s beautiful to win on the day it doesn’t suggest that a lot as I do not know the place I’ll be subsequent yr. I am pleased to win however it’s a bittersweet.”