At 27, Nyck de Vries has finally won a starting seat in Formula 1 since he will compete in the 2023 season with AlphaTauri. A deserved promotion according to George Russell, who sees him succeed in the discipline.
The Briton also evokes a group of five drivers from karting of which the Dutchman is a part, each member of this quinté now playing in F1.
« Of the karting guys, Nyck was the only one who didn’t make it to F1, and he probably deserved to be there, » Russell said.
« These five drivers, who are Alex Albon, Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Nyck and myself, were racing against each other when we were 11, 12. Nyck was the only one who hadn’t made it yet, I’m So happy for him. »
« I have always appreciated and esteemed him. In karting, he was the man to beat. Of all of us, he is probably the most successful. »
Like many observers, Russell was impressed with De Vries’ outstanding performance aboard the Williams F1 at Monza.
« To get to Formula 1 you have to put in the work when an opportunity to be on the grid comes along, and sometimes the stars don’t align. But they did at Monza to make up for it. »
« I am now curious to see how he will do, but I have no doubts that he will perform well. He has everything it takes to become a great F1 driver. »