British racer Dan Ticktum signed to Red Bull Junior team for 2017

British teenager Dan Ticktum has been signed to the Red Bull Junior team for the 2017 season

British racer Dan Ticktum signed to Red Bull Junior team for 2017

Ticktum made a return to racing late last year after serving a 12-month ban for an incident during the penultimate round of the MSA Formula series at Silverstone in 2015, contesting the European Formula 3 Championship season finale at Hockenheim.

He later competed in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship Autumn Trophy event at Snetterton, and was cleared to contest the Macau Grand Prix with Double R Racing after being monitored during his Euro F3 outing.

Ticktum was previously associated with Red Bull during his spell in MSA Formula as part of its athlete scheme - in a similar way to British Touring Car Championship driver Andrew Jordan - but has now joined the team's young driver stable.

The announcement of his status as a Red Bull junior also confirms his move to Formula Renault 2.0 with Arden International for 2017.

"Some people will know the mistakes I've made," said Ticktum. "I have changed my attitude massively and I cannot wait to prove that to everyone.

"[I want] To win the European Formula Renault 2 litre championship."

Alongside Ticktum, American Neil Verhagen has also joined the Junior team, while Niko Kari - who raced in European F3 last year but will switch to GP3 for 2017 - and Richard Verschoor have both been retained.

Fellow junior Pierre Gasly also remains part of Red Bull's setup, and on Wednesday was confirmed to participate in Super Formula in Japan this season.

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