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Why Red Bull's most exciting junior won't be silenced
The superlicence rules that govern when drivers are eligible to drive Formula 1 cars frustrated the outspoken Dan Ticktum this summer. He's now on the verge of holding a full licence, but a grand prix graduation is unlikely to change his approach.
It's been a whirlwind few months for Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum. But that's not such a surprise for a driver who has had a rollercoaster career to this point and is regarded as one of motorsport's most exciting young talents.
He's been blocked from a potential debut Formula 1 test by superlicence rules; has cast doubts over the legitimacy of Formula 3 European Championship rival Mick Schumacher's performance; been scolded by his Red Bull bosses for engaging his mouth before his brain; he's tested a McLaren F1 car; then won Macau in a manner of dominance not seen for years - where he also picked up a fine for being late for an official photoshoot.
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