It is not easy to get a seat in the highest category of motorsports, that is a fact. Absolutely all drivers have the experience of various past and lower categories, for example, from young children, they have been champions of various kart leagues and of course, Formula 4, Formula 3, Formula 2, until reaching Formula 1. Charles Leclerc was one of the most recent Formula 2 champions to make the jump to the top category, but it doesn't always turn out to be like that, as Nyck de Vries was an F2 champion but decided to join the Mercedes Formula E team. Drivers are supported by an academy of young drivers from recognized teams, for example, Ferrari has its academy in the lower categories and the Italian team helps these drivers so that they can make the jump to F1 with the help of teams that carry their power unit, that is, Ferrari with Alfa Romeo or Haas, Mercedes with Williams and Red Bull with Alpha Tauri. It is clear that this kind of support is necessary to make it. The story of Daniel Ticktum, or also known as Dan Ticktum, went hand in hand with Williams, since this British driver was being supported by said team, while he competes in Formula 2. Well today, Ticktum has announced that it is no longer part of Williams' organization, which is why he is currently no longer in contention for a seat for the 2022 Formula 1 season.
“My self and Williams parted ways before the recent Latifi related incident just so people know.”
“It wasn’t announced until now as there was no option for an F1 seat in 2022 for me.” The British affirmed.
“Thank you, Williams, for the opportunity! Hope to work together in the future!” This was announced by Ticktum through an Instagram story.
What was the incident with Latifi? While he was playing a video game on his Twitch channel, he was heard saying a slight insult to him, in addition to commenting that the Canadian driver has paid to reach the premier category. "Just because you didn't get to Formula 1 in motorsports, it doesn't mean you weren't good enough to get there." Therefore, it was important for the British driver to clarify that Williams and he had already decided to end their relationship before this event happened.
Currently, the drivers still in the young driver academy are Roy Nissany, Jamie Chadwick - who has been getting fantastic results in the W Series - and Jack Aitken. This last one raced the Sakhir Grand Prix for the British team, for which he is the only one of the three who already has his superlicense. Furthermore, Williams has yet to decide who will be the fortune to drive his car next year, and this decision may be delayed until Mercedes decides what it will do with the future of its current first driver, George Russell. Many people have proposed his possible lineup, the names of Valtteri Bottas, Nico Hulkenberg, Nicholas Latifi, Jack Aitken and even George Russell himself, have been the ones who have come to the topic of conversation. It is a matter of time for the silly season of the top category to begin.