Nyck de Vries, the rookie who equaled Williams’ best result on his debut and questions the ladder to F1

If there is a great winner of the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix that was without a doubt Nyck de Vries. The small Dutch driver traveled to Monza thinking that he was only going to participate in the FP1 with an Aston Martin, and ended up being the great protagonist of the race at the controls of the Williams that Alexander Albon left free.

The appendicitis of the Thai pilot, who has already undergone surgery and is fine after some complication, opened the door for Williams to turn to de Vries. A driver with a brilliant track record but already of a certain age and semi-unknown by Formula 1, who has engraved his name in the memory of fans and leaves the ladder towards Formula 1 in question.

De Vries finished ninth at Monza, while Latifi is yet to score points in 2022

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At 27 years old, who de Vries would not have made his Formula 1 debut yet cried out to heaven. The Dutchman was two-time world karting champion in 2010 and 2011, being a true star in the category, even greater than his compatriot Max Verstappen, who also won a world championship. The transition from him to the single-seaters began a little stuck, but he immediately shone again.

He won Formula Renault 2.0 in 2014 and was Formula 2 champion in his third season, in 2019. However, the prize for winning the category immediately below Formula 1 was a seat at Mercedes… to race in Formula E. In his second season in electric cars he became world champion.

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Since then, Mercedes has been looking for a seat for him in Formula 1, but it had to be now, at the age of 27 and on the rebound, when he finally made his debut. The logical thing was to think that de Vries would have a difficult debut in Monza, Nothing could be further from the truth. Even without participating in FP2, and doing it in FP1 with an Aston Martin, he shone.

The Dutch driver made it through Q1 against all odds, while his teammate Nicholas Latifi, who is in his third season in Formula 1, was eliminated. thanks to penalties de Vries was able to start from eighth on the grid, next to Verstappen. Everyone expected him to fall, but nothing like that happened.

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De Vries rode a very solid race, hovering around 10th position at all times and holding off Guanyu Zhou’s attacks. In the end, thanks to the abandonment of Daniel Ricciardo, de Vries was able to climb up to ninth place. It is Williams’ best result so far this yearmatching Albon’s ninth-place finish in Miami.

With only one race, de Vries already has two points. Albon, who is also having a great season, has four, but it is Latifi has not been rated yet. His credit in Formula 1 is dwindling, and keeping him on the grid for another year would be evidence on the part of Williams that results matter much less to him than money.

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Yes Latifi salt of the Williams team, de Vries seems well positioned to take his place, but in recent days the name of another young man who is about to lose his seat has sounded. This is Mick Schumacher and, in addition to a great surname, he would bring a good sponsor under his arm. Williams will have to decide.

What is clear is that this performance by de Vries questions, and very much, the supposed talent ladder that the FIA ​​has mounted towards Formula 1.


Source: Motorpasión by www.motorpasion.com.

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