De Vries “spent complete evening awake” previous to “dream” Monza F1 debut

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The 2020/2021 System E champion was drafted in to interchange Alex Albon on Saturday at Monza after the Thai driver was struck down by appendicitis.

De Vries certified a stable thirteenth earlier than being promoted to eighth because of a raft of grid penalties being utilized to drivers forward of him.

The Dutchman would solely lose one place within the race to complete his debut in ninth, maintaining that consequence regardless of being summoned by the FIA over an erratic driving infringement, for which he was given a reprimand.

Commenting on his manic F1 debut with Williams, de Vries stated: “The entire of the final 24 hours has simply been a dream.

“I did not actually have a lot time to assume as a result of every little thing was so rushed. I had a really dangerous sleep, it went from pleasure into nerves and I did not dare even look into my sleep monitoring as a result of mainly I spent the entire evening awake.

“However maybe it helped me. I could not assume and I simply needed to get on with the job.

“My begin wasn’t nice nevertheless it was sufficient to keep up place, and I feel it was key for me to get right into a rhythm to start with and never lose place [because] then your tyres are soiled and also you’re at all times on the again foot.

“That is why I used to be actually pleased with our technique and the way we managed that. And really the tempo was actually good, the automobile was nice and we made a small adjustment from stint one to stint two.

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“I requested plenty of assist from the crew to make use of the instruments within the automobile to affect the stability.

“Once more, I do know that we had a bit little bit of assist from outdoors with grid penalties and all that. However hey, nobody take these factors away from us.”

Nyck de Vries, Williams Racing

Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photographs

De Vries got here near being given a observe limits penalty within the race, which he says was right down to the “high-speed stability” of his Williams being off and forcing him out extensive by the Lesmo part.

“To start with of the race I wasn’t actually pleased with the high-speed stability,” he added.

“And that type of compelled me at all times a bit extensive. I struggled to show the automobile, particularly within the two Lesmos, and that was forcing me extensive.

“So, with the type of flap alter for run two I felt just like the stability was in a greater window and that helped me to be cleaner and safer on observe limits.”

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De Vries says fellow Dutchman and Italian GP winner Max Verstappen supplied him some “variety” recommendation forward of his first begin, and “appreciates” the help he had from plenty of drivers over the weekend.

“He was variety,” de Vries stated when requested what Verstappen stated to him on the grid.

“We had some messaging final evening, even this morning. Lewis [Hamilton] congratulated me, they’ve all been very supportive and really variety.

“Max simply got here to me and stated ‘it may be positive, it may be good, you’ll be positive.
Simply have a very good begin and get by’.

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“So, I recognize the help, and in addition very grateful to all of the followers who voted me as driver of the day.”

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