Dan Ticktum has highlighted the strength of the Formula E field ahead of the Berlin ePrix, and has questioned the position of several Formula 1 drivers who he doesn’t believe should be competing in the series.
Before heading to the all-electric FE category, Ticktum’s eyes were firmly set on F1 as he held roles within the Red Bull and Williams organisations during his junior career.
Speaking to the Independent ahead of the Berlin weekend, he asserts that there are certain drivers he believes don’t belong in F1.
“There’s a fair few Formula 1 drivers who I don’t think should be there, and I think there are other drivers in Formula E who should be there instead,” he said.
With two Macau GP wins to his name and a strong career in the junior categories, Ticktum has constantly highlighted more factors than talent gets a driver to F1.
“When you get to this level, we’re all let’s say above 99 per cent of the most talented, but if someone turns up who’s 98.7 per cent with £10m, then that helps, and they can probably do more or less as good a job as the guy that he’s booted out.”
Another driver who knows this all too well is Jake Hughes, who sat down with Motorsport Week and mentioned his struggles with budget as he carved through the junior categories.
Ticktum has not been shy of being vocal about how strong he believes the Formula E grid is, saying from the start of his time in the series just how close the competition is.
Despite his NIO 333 team struggling for pace and results, he doesn’t take finishing near the back of the grid as a bad situation.
“We’re all so close, so it’s not as demeaning if you finish in the back of Formula E, compared to another category,” he said.