Nyck de Vries, who impressed many in the Formula 1 paddock with his points-scoring one-off performance for Williams in the Italian Grand Prix, has been handed a full-time drive for next season.
De Vries won the Formula E world championship last year and was Formula 2 champion in 2019. He made his grand prix debut in September at the Italian Grand Prix, taking over Alexander Albon car on Saturday after the team’s regular was hospitalised with appendicitis. De Vries finished eighth, equalling Williams’ best result of the season.
AlphaTauri initially announced Gasly would remain alongside Yuki Tsunoda in its line-up for 2023. However Red Bull has decided to release Gasly, whose hopes of returning to the top team were dashed when Sergio Perez signed a new deal with them earlier this year. Gasly will therefore join Alpine next year, leaving a vacancy at his current team.
De Vries said he is “extremely excited” by the chance to finally make his full-time F1 debut. “I want to thank both Red Bull and the team for giving me the opportunity to drive in F1,” he said.
“After Formula 2, I took a slightly different path with motorsport, but F1 has always been my dream and I’m grateful to be able to fulfil it. I’ve had a lot of chances to experience the 2022 car this year and I think that has put me in a great position for the upcoming season, I hope this has helped to prepare me for what is to come.”
He had the rare opportunity of driving for four different F1 teams this year. On the same weekend he made his race outing for Williams at Monza De Vries also drove for Aston Martin in first practice. He previously appeared for Mercedes in practice at the French Grand Prix, driving Lewis Hamilton’s car and tested for Alpine in Hungary in August.
AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost said they are “pleased to start a new chapter with Nyck, who’s very much welcome at Scuderia AlphaTauri.
“He is a very high skilled driver, as he won in all the categories he competed in, with many races and championships under his belt. His last big success was winning the Formula E World Championship, and this is clear evidence that he is a very competitive driver, who deserves a seat in F1.”
AlphaTauri’s hiring of De Vries’ appointment means another F2 champions will race be on the grid next year. McLaren has hired Oscar Piastri to drive for them in 2023. This year’s F2 champion, Felipe Drugovich, has joined Aston Martin’s driver development programme.
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