Nobody may’ve executed higher than de Vries on F1 debut

Having pushed for Aston Martin in opening follow on Friday, de Vries was drafted in by Williams forward of FP3 on Saturday when Alex Albon was taken in poor health and identified with appendicitis.

The rookie certified thirteenth and moved up 5 locations on the grid due to penalties for different drivers to start out eighth.

He finally completed the race in ninth, thus logging two factors on his debut.

Wolff mentioned the consequence was what de Vries deserved after such a powerful exhibiting.

“He is only a good younger man,” Wolff mentioned after the race. “He isn’t solely quick, and has proven that within the junior classes, however he is additionally clever and a great workforce participant.

“And that is why he deserved it right now. I do not assume that anybody else may have probably executed a greater job in what he did.

“You are in an Aston Martin, you are driving round with the rake. And then you definitely’re being drafted on the final minute in a unique automobile. You are beating your teammate by fairly a margin.

“You are beginning eighth, and also you’re ending ninth. Niki [Lauda] would have taken his hat off as a driver.”

Though de Vries has been carefully related to Mercedes as a System E racer and F1 reserve, he isn’t formally within the producer’s younger driver programme or beneath any administration deal in the way in which that George Russell and Esteban Ocon are.

Nyck de Vries, Williams

Nyck de Vries, Williams

Photograph by: Williams

Nonetheless, Mercedes continues to be taking a eager curiosity in his progress.

“Nyck was an official Mercedes driver till we stopped System E a couple of weeks in the past,” mentioned Wolff when requested by concerning the relationship.

“And he received the championship for us, our first world championship. So there is not a extra Mercedes driver.

“However we’ve not obtained any administration contract with him, nor have we obtained any affect on his profession, nor are we taking any reduce of his future earnings. We simply know him very properly.

“And we fee him, and I feel that Nyck deserves to have a spot in F1.”

Lewis Hamilton, who is aware of de Vries properly via their Mercedes associations, congratulated him in parc ferme after the Monza race.

“Extremely blissful for Nyck, I am actually happy with him,” mentioned Hamilton when requested by concerning the rookie’s efficiency.

“He is such a great lad, a great human. And he is been a great a part of our workforce, serving to and dealing with us. For Nyck to have jumped in and completed within the high 10, I feel that is mega to your first race.”

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