MONZA, Italy — Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell praised Nyck de Vries after the Dutchman scored factors on his Formulation One debut for Williams on the Italian Grand Prix.
De Vries had a exceptional 72 hours in Monza. After participating in Friday follow for Aston Martin, on Saturday morning he was drafted in to finish the race weekend with Williams after Alex Albon fell in poor health with appendicitis.
De Vries out-qualified teammate Nicholas Latifi, who he’s within the working to interchange for 2023, earlier than ending a formidable ninth on Sunday.
The ex-Formulation 2 and Formulation E champion began alongside fellow countryman Verstappen on the grid.
When requested about being a part of an all-Dutch fourth row of the grid, race winner Verstappen mentioned: “A bit surprising, proper! We joked about it final night time. I do know him very effectively, he is an awesome pal of mine.”
Requested what he advised De Vries earlier than the race, Verstappen mentioned: “To start with, take pleasure in it. Do not give it some thought an excessive amount of, do not stress about it an excessive amount of.
“I bear in mind my first race, it occurred so rapidly all the things and it is aggravating. You should not take into consideration that and he dealt with all the things rather well.”
Verstappen even received an opportunity to see De Vries combating for place through the race.
“I noticed him battling in entrance of me, when he was defending on the time tenth,” he mentioned.
“For Nyck to leap in and ship this efficiency, it is not straightforward in any respect. I believe he did an awesome job. When it comes to defending, he simply stored his cool, did not make errors. To attain factors is spectacular in your first race.”
Seven-time world champion Hamilton discovered De Vries throughout interviews within the media pen and congratulated the Dutch driver.
De Vries drove for Mercedes in Friday follow at Could’s Spanish Grand Prix and has been within the position of reserve driver this season, one thing Hamilton has been vastly useful for the workforce.
“Oh, extremely completely satisfied for Nyck, and actually pleased with him,” Hamilton advised the media shortly afterwards. “He is such lad, human, he is been a part of our workforce working with us.
“I hope Albon is OK, I do know he is gone via a tough weekend, however for Nyck to have jumped in and end within the high ten in his first race, that is mega to your first race since ages.”
Hamilton’s teammate Russell additionally praised De Vries’ efficiency.
“He did a wonderful job,” Russell mentioned. “All through all of our karting careers he was among the finest. There isn’t any doubt he’s deserving of a spot in Formulation One.
“There’s 20 drivers, not everyone will get a possibility, however definitely now he is proved all the things he has to.”
De Vries mentioned he had a sleepless night time earlier than making his debut.
“The entire of the final 24 hours have simply been a dream,” he mentioned on Sunday night. “I did not actually have a lot time to assume as a result of all the things was so rushed. I had such a foul sleep.
“I did not even dare to have a look at 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 however it was ok to take care of place.”
Requested about what Verstappen mentioned to him, De Vries mentioned: “He was variety! We had some messaging final night time and even this morning.
“Even Lewis congratulated me. They’ve all been very supportive and really variety. Max simply got here to me and mentioned ‘you already know what, it will be good, it will be tremendous. Simply get via the beginning and you will be good'”.