Williams has released F2 development driver Dan Ticktum with immediate effect.
The 22-year-old had been on the constructor’s books since late 2019 when he left Red Bull’s junior team and joined Williams’ academy.
Ticktum, who won the 2017 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, sits fourth in the F2 standings after claiming a win at Monaco with four more podiums.
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However, despite renewing his deal with the team in March, Ticktum took to Instagram to react to the parting ways, saying there was “no option for an F1 seat in 2022 for me”.
He added: “Thanks to Williams for the opportunity. I hope to work together in the future.
The news broke after he was heard making critical remarks about the team’s F1 driver Nicholas Latifi while playing a video game on a Twitch live stream.
“It’s not like the divisions, it’s not like Ligue 1 and the Premier League. It’s not how it works… It’s not because you don’t reach the Formula 1 in motorsport that you weren’t good enough to do it,” he said.
Ticktum had been involved in work in the simulator, at the factory and on the track to help develop the F1 team car.
Jack Aitken, Jamie Chadwick and Roy Nissany are the other members of the Williams driver academy.
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