De Vries to occupy Vettel’s car at F1 testing at Monza

De Vries to occupy Vettel’s car at F1 testing at Monza

The Dutch driver will take control of the Aston Martin to replace Sebastian Vettel in the FP1 of the 2022 F1 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Formula 1 introduced a new rule from the 2022 season in which teams on the grid had to put rookie drivers on the track for at least two official free practice sessions. For this reason, several teams began to plan in which practices they would comply with the FIA ​​regulations, and in Aston Martin waited for the Italian Grand Prix to give Nyck de Vries a chance.

The first world champion Reserve Formula E and Mercedes, will be at the controls of the AMR22 at Monza FP1 occupying the seat of Sebastian Vettel. The Dutchman has the experience of having driven the Mercedes W13 in place of Lewis Hamilton during free practice for the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard, as well as having tested Alexander Albon’s Williams FW44 in Spain, but no never competed in any highest race. motorsport category.

The British team confirmed their third appearance in official training via their social networks: “Nyck [de Vries] He will drive alongside Lance Stroll, replacing Sebastian Vettel, and has already done extensive simulator work at the AMF1 headquarters in Silverstone to prepare for the session.

The 27-year-old has shown his joy at the new opportunity with a different team, and although he is not associated with any seat, it makes him a good letter of introduction to Formula 1: “I really want to drive for Aston Martin, especially on a circuit as legendary as Monza”.

Nyck de Vries, Williams FW44

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

“It will be my third FP1 session of the season, and in the third different car. These opportunities have given me fantastic insight into how Formula 1 cars and teams work and function,” acknowledged the Dutchman. “Hopefully I can bring a fresh perspective to the team and be able to manage a mutually beneficial racing program.”

Team principal Mike Krack also gave his thoughts on the Dutch driver’s involvement: “We are delighted to welcome Nyck to our team and look forward to working with him at Monza.”

“I have followed his career with great interest, he drove brilliantly to win the Formula 2 title in 2019 and showed his class by winning the Formula E World Championship in 2020/2021, so we are looking forward his insight and insight into our car,” he continued.

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“His achievements show that he clearly deserves a chance in Formula 1, and I hope getting behind the wheel of the AMR22 will allow him to show his skills to the rest of the world,” said the Aston Martin boss, who saves always the second. free session of 2022 that remains.

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