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De Vries: Spanish GP outing “an exciting challenge”

Formel E – Mercedes-EQ Formel E Team, Diriyah E-Prix 2022. Nyck de Vries Formula E – Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, Diriyah E-Prix 2022. Nyck de Vries. Credits: Daimler.

Nyck de Vries admits that he is looking forward to driving a Formula 1 car during a Grand Prix weekend for the first time.

It was announced earlier this week that de Vries would participate in the Spanish GP FP1 with Williams. The Dutchman got the opportunity thanks to the rule that mandates the teams to give rookies practice time in at least two sessions a year.

De Vries is excited about the outing, but admits that he does not know what to expect.

“I’m obviously very thankful and grateful for the opportunity to run in an FP1 session and kind of get to know the team, but also to kind of get myself out there during a Formula 1 weekend,” he said.

“I haven’t really thought about real targets; it’s only a one hour session, and you get like three runs on two different compounds, which are both on the extreme end of the spectrum.

“So it’s going to be a very interesting, exciting challenge. But I’m looking forward to the experience, and hopefully I can do well.

“In all honesty, from a kind of expectations point of view, I don’t really know what to expect.

“I think I’m going to be thrown a little bit in the deep, I’ve only driven an F1 car twice, which was both rookie tests in 2020 and ’21 with Mercedes.

“But the last time I’ve actually driven a very quick car on a track, it’s been a little while ago, so will require some adaptations from the street tracks we know.”

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