The 2020/2021 Formulation E champion was drafted in to interchange Alex Albon on Saturday at Monza after the Thai driver was struck down by appendicitis.
De Vries certified a stable thirteenth earlier than being promoted to eighth as a consequence of a raft of grid penalties being utilized to drivers forward of him.
The Dutchman would solely lose one place within the race to complete his debut in ninth, holding that end result regardless of being summoned by the FIA over an erratic driving infringement, for which he was given a reprimand.
Commenting on his manic F1 debut with Williams, de Vries mentioned: “The entire of the final 24 hours has simply been a dream.
“I did not actually have a lot time to assume as a result of all the pieces was so rushed. I had a really dangerous sleep, it went from pleasure into nerves and I did not dare even look into my sleep monitoring as a result of principally I spent the entire night time awake.
“However maybe it helped me. I could not assume and I simply needed to get on with the job.
“My begin wasn’t nice nevertheless it was sufficient to keep up place, and I feel it was key for me to get right into a rhythm to start with and never lose place [because] then your tyres are soiled and also you’re at all times on the again foot.
“That is why I used to be actually pleased with our technique and the way we managed that. And truly the tempo was actually good, the automobile was nice and we made a small adjustment from stint one to stint two.
“I requested quite a lot of assist from the crew to make use of the instruments within the automobile to affect the stability.
“Once more, I do know that we had just a little little bit of assist from exterior with grid penalties and all that. However hey, nobody take these factors away from us.”
Nyck de Vries, Williams Racing
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De Vries got here near being given a monitor limits penalty within the race, which he says was right down to the “high-speed stability” of his Williams being off and forcing him out large by way of the Lesmo part.
“At first of the race I wasn’t actually pleased with the high-speed stability,” he added.
“And that form of pressured me at all times a bit large. I struggled to show the automobile, particularly within the two Lesmos, and that was forcing me large.
“So, with the form of flap alter for run two I felt just like the stability was in a greater window and that helped me to be cleaner and safer on monitor limits.”
De Vries says fellow Dutchman and Italian GP winner Max Verstappen supplied him some “sort” recommendation forward of his first begin, and “appreciates” the help he had from quite a few drivers over the weekend.
“He was sort,” de Vries mentioned when requested what Verstappen mentioned to him on the grid.
“We had some messaging final night time, even this morning. Lewis [Hamilton] congratulated me, they’ve all been very supportive and really sort.
“Max simply got here to me and mentioned ‘it should be fantastic, it should be good, you’ll be fantastic.
Simply have begin and get by way of’.
“So, I admire the help, and likewise very grateful to all of the followers who voted me as driver of the day.”