Dan Ticktum open to a move to a Formula E top team: "I'm not stupid"
Dan Ticktum is one of the positive surprises of the 2023 Formula E season in sporting terms: He has already finished in the points four times in the mediocre Nio 333. That's why he's hoping for a promotion to a top team and, in his typical manner, makes no secret of it.
"I'm not stupid," the Briton is quoted at 'Motorsport-Total.com'. "I enjoy working with the team, but when I put in performances like today in Jakarta, sometimes I wish I was in a better car. At the moment it's difficult."
Ticktum showed a strong recovery in Sunday's race at the Jakarta E-Prix. However, a technical problem hit him shortly before the end, forcing him to save energy. So he fell out of the top 10 eventually. Shortly after crossing the finish line, he afforded himself a rage outburst on the team radio, in which he railed against his own Nio 333 team and ordered a taxi.
"I don't mean that to sound disrespectful," he classifies his statements regarding his transfer desire, "because everyone here is working very hard on the track. We have to solve the problems more off the track," Ticktum criticizes.
Results speak in Ticktum's favor
At the moment, it's hard to tell which of the top teams might have a cockpit vacancy next year. If you ignore Ticktum's regular antics and statements off the track - what irony in view of his words in the previous paragraph - the 24-year-old would probably actually be a proper asset for some teams.
In his current second season, Ticktum has clearly arrived in Formula E. Despite the not exactly efficient Nio 333, he has already finished in the points four times this year - twice even in 6th position. His teammate Sergio Sette Camara, who is also strongly rated, has only managed one top-10 result so far.
"Would look at offers from better teams, of course"
"If I got offers from better teams, of course I would look at them," Ticktum therefore hopes. "But let's see what happens." According to the report, Ticktum would also consider a drive in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) should an attractive team come knocking.
For the time being, however, he will focus on the five rounds of the 2023 Formula E World Championship that are still to come. In a couple of days, he will start - still for Nio 333 - at the electric series' inaugural Portland E-Prix on June 24, and can once again recommend himself for other top teams.