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    Dan Ticktum will continue his role as development driver at Williams for the 2021 season, the iconic British Formula 1 team have announced.

    The 21-year-old, who joined Williams from Red Bull ahead of the 2020 campaign, will build on the work he did in the simulator to aid their car development while also immersing himself within the team trackside where possible, and at the factory.

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    The two-time Macau Grand Prix winner will dovetail the role with his second F2 campaign, this time with Carlin, having scored one win and three additional podiums in his rookie season with DAMS.

    “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.

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    Ticktum will carry the Williams Academy logo on his Carlin F2 car this season

    “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.”

    Team Principal Simon Roberts 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.

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    “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.”

    Ticktum, who triumphed at Macau in 2017 and 2018, and finished runner up in the 2018 F3 European Championship, will carry the Williams Racing Driver Academy logo on both his Carlin car and overalls.