Williams Racing have confirmed that Carlin’s Dan Ticktum will continue in his role as Development driver in 2021.

The 21-year-old joined the Williams driver programme in 2020, impressing the British outfit with his work on the simulator in aid of their car development.

Looking to build on that work in 2021, the team have said that Ticktum will also be immersed with the team trackside where possible.

Ticktum dovetailed his Williams commitment with a maiden campaign in F2 last season, where he scored one win and three further podiums with DAMS. Switching the Carlin, the 21-year-old is eying up a title challenge in 2021.

“I am very happy to be continuing my partnership with Williams as Development Driver,” said Ticktum. “It will be fun to get more time trackside this year as last year was quite difficult, so it will be nice to get more involved with the team at the track.

“I am looking forward to continuing my support in the sim, and I am very focused for this year. I still have a lot of work to do as my season hasn’t started but I am privileged and very happy as always to be representing Williams.”

Simon Roberts, Team Principal of Williams Racing, added: “It’s great to be continuing our working with Dan in his role as Development Driver for Williams Racing. He is a very exciting young driver with plenty of talent, which is evidenced by his back-to-back successes in Macau along with his impressive rookie season in F2 last year.

“We got to see first-hand his skills in the simulator and Dan played an important role in helping with car development, along with becoming a well-respected member of the team. We look forward to watching him grow and develop in 2021.”