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.
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