De Vries to take Vettel’s seat for Italian GP FP1 session
The Dutchman has already participated in two FP1 periods through the 2022 season, taking up Alex Albon’s Williams on the Spanish Grand Prix earlier than driving Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes at Paul Ricard forward of the French Grand Prix.
De Vries has already hung out getting ready for his outing in Aston Martin’s AMR22 by driving the staff’s simulator at its Silverstone base, having been in talks with the staff earlier this season about stepping in for an FP1 session.
The 27-year-old, the System 2 champion in 2019, has simply accomplished his third System E marketing campaign with Mercedes and took two wins en path to ninth within the championship. He gained the 2021-22 title by seven factors from Venturi driver Edoardo Mortara.
He has since dovetailed his time in System E with a Mercedes reserve position, however that would come to an finish following the departure of the German producer from the all-electric sequence.
“I’m actually trying ahead to driving for AMF1, significantly at such a legendary circuit as Monza,” mentioned de Vries.
“Will probably be my third FP1 session of the season, and within the third totally different System 1 chassis and these alternatives have given me a improbable perception into how System 1 vehicles and groups operate and function.
“I hope I can deliver a contemporary perspective to the AMF1 staff and might undertake a run-programme that proves helpful to us each.”
Nyck de Vries, Williams FW44
Picture by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photographs
As per the brand new rules in 2022, every driver should vacate their seat not less than as soon as over the season to permit a driver with fewer than two F1 begins to take over. That is to permit youthful drivers to realize expertise with F1 equipment.
This would be the first time this 12 months that both Aston Martin driver has given up a seat in FP1, with Lance Stroll due to take action later within the season.
Liam Lawson was the latest rookie driver handed an FP1 look, because the Kiwi took over Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri seat for the opening session at Spa-Francorchamps.
De Vries was beforehand linked with an F1 drive at Williams, having been thought-about final season to interchange George Russell earlier than Albon obtained the nod for 2022.
He stays one of many drivers touted to interchange Nicholas Latifi on the staff for subsequent season, however has additionally been linked with a Toyota drive within the World Endurance Championship and a job with the Maserati MSG System E staff – because the Italian producer takes over the naming rights of the Venturi squad.