Dan Ticktum misses F2 practice after 'inconclusive' test | Planet F108/28/2020
Dan Ticktum had to miss Friday’s Formula 2 practice session after returning an inconclusive COVID-19 test result ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix race weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.
It was unknown at the time of writing whether the 21-year-old Londoner would be able to take part in qualifying later on Friday afternoon if the result of a re-test came through in time and proved to be negative.
A brief statement from the DAMS team on Friday said: “Following an inconclusive COVID-19 test result, Dan Ticktum will not take part in today’s practice while he awaits the result of a re-test.”
F2 is continuing on its revised schedule that has condensed the calendar after the season was delayed for several months due to the global health pandemic.
No F2 driver is yet reported to have contracted the virus, but F1’s Sergio Perez missed both race weekends at Silverstone for the British and 70th Anniversary Grands Prix after he returned a positive result.
As part of the FIA’s regulations, all personnel entering the paddock on race weekends must be tested every five days and those who return inconclusive results are restricted from entering the paddock until their result is negative.
Following an inconclusive COVID-19 test result, @DanTicktum will not take part in today's practice while he awaits the result of a re-test.#F2 #AllezLesBleus #BelgianGP @FIA_F2
— DAMS (@damsracing) August 28, 2020
Ticktum is currently 10th in the drivers’ championship, recording his first win in the series at Silverstone earlier this month.
At the same circuit subsequently, he threatened over the team radio to crash into rival Louis Deletraz – something he had previously done in 2015 when colliding with Ricky Collard.
Ticktum later claimed on social media that his words had been “taken out of context” and he was simply referring to what could have happened had he not given Deletraz enough space.
DAMS has already brought in a replacement driver for the weekend in Juri Vips, with the Estonian standing in for Indonesia’s Sean Gelael who suffered back injuries in an incident at Barcelona two weeks ago.
Vips was 17th of the 20 drivers who ran in free practice, with HWA Racelab’s Giuliano Alesi failing to make it out on track.
Fastest time was set by Robert Shwartzman, with the Russian in the PREMA Racing car closely followed by Carlin’s Yuki Tsunoda who was recently linked with an AlphaTauri drive in F1 potentially for next year.
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