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Formula E-driver De Vries: "Don't think Formula 1 is a closed book"

2019-09-12T07:23:46.568Z

Nyck de Vries has not yet definitively closed the door to Formula 1. The Dutchman, who was presented to the Formula E team of Mercedes on Wednesday, realizes that it will be difficult to reach the royal class of motorsport.


Nyck de Vries has not yet definitively closed the door to Formula 1. The Dutchman, who was presented to the Formula E team of Mercedes on Wednesday, realizes that it will be difficult to reach the royal class of motorsport.

"For the last five or six years, all champions from Formula 2 have been directly or indirectly promoted to Formula 1," De Vries, 24, told De Telegraaf on Thursday.

"If I can reach my goals in Formula 2 and win the championship, I can take this step with peace and actually accept it. I also don't think Formula 1 is already a closed book, although this is another step. "

De Vries takes the lead in the Formula 2 championship and can secure the title during the upcoming Grand Prix weekend in Russia.

The driver from Sneek will combine Formula E with the WEC championship. He also continues to perform simulator work for the Mercedes Formula 1 team.

Nyck de Vries takes the lead in the Formula 2 championship. (Photo: Pro Shots)

"F1 the ultimate goal for every driver"

"Formula 1 remains the ultimate goal for every driver," continues De Vries, who left the talent program of Formula 1 team McLaren at the end of 2018.

"Of course I have also looked at those options, but you must not forget that the market in Formula 1 is fairly locked up at the moment. In addition, there are still quite a few seats for drivers who take sponsorship with them."

Unlike De Vries, his most important competitor in the Formula 2 championship, Nicholas Latifi, seems to get a place in Formula 1. The wealthy Canadian is already a Williams test driver and will probably replace Robert Kubica in 2020.

"I think I am an exception to the rule. During the last five or six years all champions from Formula 2 have been directly or indirectly promoted to Formula 1. I will continue to work in the simulator for Mercedes. We'll see what the future holds "

The 2019/2020 Formula E season starts on November 22 in Saudi Arabia. A week later is the last race weekend in Formula 2.

See also: Which Formula 1 driver will drive where in 2020?

Source: nunl

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