Ticktum, Rowland to share DAMS F2 test role in place of Latifi

Dan Ticktum will share Formula 2 testing duties for the DAMS team with Williams' Formula 1 young driver Oliver Rowland in place of Nicholas Latifi at Paul Ricard this week.

Ticktum, Rowland to share DAMS F2 test role in place of Latifi
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Latifi is missing the first test of the F2 pre-season as he recovers from the infection that kept him from driving for Force India in last week's opening F1 test at Barcelona.

Ticktum, the 2017 Macau Grand Prix and McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner, drove for DAMS in the final three rounds of last year's GP3 season, scoring a best finish of third in the second race at the Abu Dhabi finale.

Motorsport.com understands that the 18-year-old will drive on the final day of the three-day test in what will be his first taste of F2-level machinery.

Ticktum will race for the Motopark team in the European Formula 3 championship this season.

Rowland raced for DAMS in F2 last year, finishing third in the standings behind 2018 Sauber driver Charles Leclerc and newly-recruited Renault test and development driver Artem Markelov.

He won two feature races last season – losing a third due to an excessively worn skid block in Abu Dhabi – and will drive for the first two days of the Paul Ricard test.

Rowland will then fly to Japan to prepare for the Super Formula rookie test at Suzuka on Saturday 10 March.

Alexander Albon will drive DAMS' other F2 2018 car for the duration of the test.

DAMS is yet to formally announce its 2018 driver line-up, but Latifi, who finished fifth in last year's F2 season with one win, is expected to stay on for a third successive campaign, with Albon joining from ART Grand Prix.

The Paul Ricard test is the first of two that the F2 field will complete ahead of April's season-opener in Bahrain.

The teams completed a shakedown session at Magny-Cours last month, which was their first chance to sample the new turbocharged F2 2018.

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