With limited preparation time, Nyck de Vries was given an hour in Montmeló to prove himself. Although the latter is usually difficult in free practice, the Dutchman held his own. “You can’t really judge someone by a workout, but you can show something of yourself in an hour anyway. At least that’s what I tried to do.” It was rightly done. De Vries showed up quicker than regular Nicholas Latifi and made a good impression on Williams. It’s not for nothing that Dave Robson has said that the frieze showed everything the team wanted to see and that the Formula E Champion also has everything for an F1 place.
Despite this, De Vries knows better than anyone that everything has to go well to secure a full place on the Formula 1 grid. According to a Canadian journalist reporting Nicholas Latifi’s resignation, that was the case last week, but the reality is different. “Honestly, I didn’t see those posts on Twitter at all. The Williams press lady told me in our pre-event meeting, but otherwise I’m not really up to date with all the gossip and all the social media stuff,” de Vries said when asked.
Hoping for a chance in 2023 therefore seems more realistic. The question of whether 2023 can become a question of ‘now or never’ is actually a real one, also because Mercedes will end Formula E after this season and De Vries would therefore have to switch to another team in this class. When asked if he sees his best chance of moving up to the premier class in 2023, the Mercedes reserve replies: “Well, you could move it towards 2023, but I personally don’t see it that way. I’m in Formula now.” E “I’m happy there and also competitive – we’re defending a world title. I’m also involved in the WEC. I’m particularly grateful for the opportunity I now have in Formula 1 . Who knows what the future will bring.” will bring, but I don’t really have it in my own hands, so what can I do?
The Sneek driver also says he doesn’t yet know if he’s in the picture for a full seat at Williams next season. “To be honest we have all focused on this unit before looking to the future. But even here it is not in my hands. It was important for me to do a good job here. Not just looking to the future, but as an individual, I always want to be good. When you get an opportunity like this, you don’t just want to participate, you also want to show what you’re worth. I think I did a good job and now we have to see what the future brings.”
It is clear that De Vries will be back in action later this season in free practice. reports The Telegraph† It’s not clear when, but then the Friesian will join the regular Mercedes squad.