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De Vries: Future in F1 mostly out of my control

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

Nyck de Vries believes that his future in Formula 1 does not depend only on his performance.

De Vries took part in two free practice sessions this year: he drove for Williams in Spain and for Mercedes in France. The reigning Formula E champion made a positive impression though it is unclear whether he will get a full-time seat in the near future.

“I think in general, Formula 1 is a very dynamic industry and business, and things move very quickly,” de Vries commented on the matter.

“The only thing I can do is my part, and all the rest is [pretty] much out of my control. So I’ll just continue to focus on that, and time will tell where I’ll end up.”

When asked if he got to the point where he needs to decide whether to continue looking for an F1 seat or not, de Vries said: “Ultimately, I don’t have the answer to that question.

“I very much had [the] approach from early on in my career that the only way to make sure you continue your career successfully is to perform on track and to do your best, and that’s the only thing I can do.

“Of course, we’ve seen a situation like Brendon [Hartley] coming back to Formula 1 after he’s gone off to endurance racing for a little while, so you never know what happens in the future.

“But you’ve got to be realistic and honest and, ultimately, the only thing I can control is what I’m doing on track to an extent, so that’s what I’ve tried to do, and then we’ll see.”


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