Nyck de Vries: “Age really doesn’t matter” / Formula 1

Nyck de Vries: “Age really doesn’t matter” / Formula 1


After his good performance at Monza as a replacement for the ill Williams driver Alex Albon, Nyck de Vries can look forward to a regular driver’s contract for 2023. It does not matter to him that this happens late.

When Alex Albon suffered appendicitis during the Monza weekend, Nyck de Vries was given the chance to show his skills. And the former Mercedes reservist also used them. He finished ninth in the Williams race in London. Demonstrations of his driving skills did not go unnoticed: De Vries received a regular driver’s contract from AlphaTauri.

The Dutchman will be 28 years old when he races for the first time for the racing team from Faenza, which is older than most GP stars when they start their Formula 1 career. But that doesn’t bother him too much, as he explains to “Formula1.com”: “Every a man goes his own way, so it doesn’t matter how old I am or how I got here.”

“I think in the end it’s about getting a chance at the right time,” says the 2020/21 Formula E champion. “For me personally of course it was ups and downs, but I feel better to have a chance now.”

De Vries also admits: “There was a time when I thought that I would not be able to achieve my dream. At the same time, I have never given up on this dream.” He knows that the performance at Monza was decisive. “Monza was amazing, but I think my experience and maturity helped me put my feet down.”

Mexican GP, ​​Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:38:36.729 h
02. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +15.186s
03. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +18.097
04. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +49.431
05. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +58.123
06. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +68.774
07. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, +1 lap
08 Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +1
09. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +1
10. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +1
11. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +1
12. Alex Albon (T), Williams, +1
13. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +1
14. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, +1
15. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +1
16. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +1
17. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1
18. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +2 laps
outside
Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, engine failure
Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, collision damage

Championship status (after 20 of 22 races)

the driver
01. Verstappen 416 points
02. Perez 280
03. Leclerc 275
04.Russell 231
05.Hamilton 216
06. Sainz 212
07. Norris 111
08. Okon 82
09. Alonso 71
10. Botta’s 47
11. Vettel 36
12. Ricciardo 35
13. Magnussen 24
14. Gas 23
15. Walking 13
16. Schumacher 12
17. Tsunoda 12
18.zhou 6
19. Albon 4
20. Latifi 2
21. De Vries 2
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Builders Trophy
01. Red Bull Racing 696 points
02. Ferrari 487
03.Mercedes 447
04. Alpine 153
05. McLaren 146
06. Alfa Romeo 54
07. Aston Martin 49
08. Haas 36
09. Alpha Tauri 35
10. Williams8