Former F1 world champion Damon Hill believes Nyck de Vries’ beautiful debut for Williams now spells the tip of the highway for Nicholas Latifi.
De Vries was a late call-up after Alex Albon was hospitalised with appendicitis, with the Dutchman afforded solely half an hour in FP3 to organize for qualifying.
The Mercedes reserve driver certified twelfth and would have had a shot at reaching Q3 had he been extra acquainted with Albon’s steering wheel settings, solely to undergo a rear-brake lock-up that denied him a closing try in Q2.
Ranging from eighth on the grid after a spate of penalties for different drivers, De Vries put in a driver-of-the-day efficiency to safe ninth within the race itself and two factors on his debut.
Canadian Latifi, in distinction, did not make it previous the primary stage of qualifying and though beginning tenth, was unable to problem, crossing the road solely fifteenth.
“On this case, Nicholas hasn’t acquired the tempo, clearly, that he wants to remain in that place in Formulation 1,” Hill instructed Sky Sports activities F1.
“Some good moments, however alongside comes a man who hasn’t even pushed at a grand prix and he does a unbelievable job.
“I do know he had grid penalties and stuff that helped him up the grid a bit of bit however he nonetheless delivered in qualifying, [he] did not actually make a mistake.”
De Vries places hand up for F1 drive
De Vries has been touted for a drive in F1 since turning into F2 champion in 2019 and regardless of failing to make the leap, he then impressed in sportscar racing and in Formulation E when he turned Mercedes’ first world champion within the all-electric sequence.
On what extra De Vries may do to get an opportunity in F1 full-time, Hill replied: “Nicely, put it this manner, he has achieved sufficient for us to speak about him.
“And what a great job, he has acquired Toto [Wolff] speaking about him too. That is what you need to do if you wish to be a Formulation 1 driver.”