Nick de Vries got a call Saturday morning during the race weekend at Monza to fill in for Albon, since he had some breathing complications provoked by the anesthesia from a surgery that weekend. He ran some laps for Aston Martin in the first practice on Friday, made it to Q2 in qualifying with Williams after his call, and managed to finish in ninth place, scoring 2 points in his maiden race in a F1 car.
It should be noted that this is no easy feat, since he had no previous experience in this vehicle. He also had a difficult battle in the midfield, since he was part of what is known as a “DRS Train,” which is when you have the ability to activate the DRS (Drag Reduction System) to overtake a competitor ahead of you, but, you are closely followed by another one close enough to use it to overtake you. A driver must be wary because any mistakes done during an attempt to overtake may easily lead to a loss of position.
Nick de Vries, regardless of being a rookie driver, is actually quite an experienced driver. He won the 2019 F2 championship and Formula E during the 2020-2021 season. He has impressed many people and his debut certainly will make him a desirable driver for the starting lineup in any racing team, perhaps even in the next season.
Gabriel Diaz del Valle, Moore Than Sports
I’m Gabriel, a Texas A&M Commerce graduate with an avid passion for motorsports. My favorite category of racing is Formula 1. I thoroughly enjoy go karts and racing sims when not reading about anything automotive.