We are already in the week of the Formula 1 Spanish GP, a very special one for two specific drivers on the grid, Alonso and Sainz, but also for another who will officially make his debut at the wheel of an F1: Nick de Vries. The Dutchman celebrated his second victory of the season in Formula E on Sunday in Berlin, in which he is sixth with the Mercedes, and the next day he does the same with the news that confirms him as Alex Albon’s replacement in Williams’ seat in Free Practice 1 in Barcelona.
The current electric World Champion is also a reserve driver for Mercedes and celebrates that he finally has the opportunity to participate in a grand prix with the Grove team: “First of all, I would like to thank Williams for the opportunity to participate in Free Practice 1 It’s great for me to meet the team and drive the FW44, and also get out on the track for an F1 weekend, the preparation for the test is going well so far and the team has been incredibly supportive. I really want to live the whole experience in Spain!”
Williams’ bosses trust De Vries’ good work. “It’s always good to work with a new driver and get a fresh take on the strengths and weaknesses of the car. Nyck’s experience and professionalism will be crucial, as it will complete some key engineering tests,” says Dave Robson, director of vehicle performance, and Sven Smeets, sporting director, adds: “He is a very talented and experienced driver, I have no doubt that it will maximize your time in the FW44 and deliver a solid performance.”
Threat to Latifi
De Vries, 27, won Formula 2 in 2019 and that did not earn him a place on the F1 grid. However, in the paddock of Miami He was appointed as an immediate replacement for Latifi, whom Williams would get out of his car in the summer, a rumor that Jost Capito took it upon himself to deny. team leader, ensuring that he does not contemplate changes in his drivers during the course of the season. Of course, things could be very different when it’s over because Latifi is being systematically outplayed by Albon… and De Vries is on the prowl.