Dan Ticktum's Super Formula move confirmed, Lucas Auer joins Red Bull scheme

Red Bull has confirmed the 2019 programmes for several of its young drivers, with Formula 3 runner-up and double Macau Grand Prix victor Dan Ticktum to compete in Super Formula.

Ticktum’s switch to the Japanese series has been widely mooted and the Briton is participating in testing at Suzuka this week.

Ticktum will race for Team Mugen, the team with which he participated in two rounds in 2018, and which guided Naoki Yamamoto to the championship trophy.

Team Mugen also ran now-Red Bull F1 racer Pierre Gasly during the Frenchman's season in the series in 2017.

Ticktum will be joined in Japan by ex-DTM racer Lucas Auer.

Red Bull confirmed on Wednesday that 24-year-old Auer has joined its Junior Team and the Austrian, the nephew of ex-F1 racer Gerhard Berger, will compete for B-Max in Super Formula.

Auer last participated in single-seater racing in 2014, when he finished fourth in the European Formula 3 Championship.

Red Bull and Honda’s alliance in Formula 1 means that next year their respective junior schemes will forge a closer working relationship.

Yuki Tsunoda, part of Honda’s young driver programme, and already confirmed for a season in FIA Formula 3 with Jenzer, has joined Red Bull’s scheme.

Tsunoda will also race in the rebranded DTM support category Formula European Masters – the championship that existed as European Formula 3 until this year – for Motopark.

Along with Tsunoda, another new Red Bull junior – Juri Vips – will also compete in the new-for-2019 Formula 3 category, racing for Hitech.

Red Bull will make further details available, including the 2019 programmes of Jack Doohan, Dennis Hauger, Jonny Edgar and Harry Thompson, in the coming weeks.