With a sixth place in the sprint race of the Grand Prix of Hungary won by Mick Schumacher, Nyck de Vries strengthened his leading position in Formula 2 on Sunday. The driver announced at the Hungaroring that he is working on his final season in the front portal of Formula 1.
For Schumacher it was his first victory in Formula 2. The twenty-year-old son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher had not advanced further than fourth place until Sunday.
Schumacher registered his win at the Hungaroring from pole position, after finishing eighth in the main race on Saturday. De Vries took second place in this, so that he had to start seventh in the sprint race with the reverse start order of the top eight.
In the first round, De Vries immediately managed to make a place profit. It was more than that for 24-year-old Frisian, who narrowly kept his rival in the Nicholas Latifi classification behind him. The Canadian became seventh and sees De Vries walk two points to a margin of thirty points.
Shortly after Schumacher the Japanese Nobuharu Matsushita came in second, shortly before Sergio Sette Camara. The Brazilian climbs to third place in the ranking.
De Vries leaves Formula 2 after three years
De Vries expects to be clear about his future sometime in the coming months. He hopes for a seat in Formula 1, but the possibilities seem limited because many of the current drivers stay in place.
Other options for De Vries are the Formula E for electric cars, or the Deutsche Tourwagen Masters (DTM). In addition to Formula 2, De Vries is still active in the WEC long-distance championship.
De Vries is in his third year in Formula 2, where many young drivers with Formula 1 ambitions are driving. In his first year he was seventh in the rankings, last season he seized fourth place and with four more weekend to go, the 24-year-old driver is now well at the top of the rankings.
Last year, the complete top three of Formula 2 made the move to Formula 1. George Russell drives Williams, Lando Norris plays for McLaren and Alexander Albon got a seat at Toro Rosso.
The last two years, current Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc and Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly also made the move from Formula 2 to the royal class of motorsport. Stoffel Vandoorne and Sergey Sirotkin were also promoted, but they have already disappeared from Formula 1.