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

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

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

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

Wolff mentioned the outcome was what de Vries deserved after such a powerful displaying.

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

“And that is why he deserved it in the present day. I do not assume that anybody else may have probably finished a greater job in what he did.

“You are in an Aston Martin, you are driving round with the rake. And then you definately’re being drafted on the final minute in a unique automotive. 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 Formulation 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 Formulation E a number of weeks in the past,” mentioned Wolff when requested by Autosport in regards to 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 minimize of his future earnings. We simply know him very effectively.

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

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

“Extremely joyful for Nyck, I am actually pleased with him,” mentioned Hamilton when requested by in regards to the rookie’s efficiency.

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

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