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De Vries has 'nothing else to do' to earn F1 seat

Nyck De Vries received the call from Williams shortly before the third free practice session of the Italian Grand Prix to replace Alexander Albon, suffering from appendicitis.

The former Formula 2 and Formula E champion impressed by overtaking Albon’s regular team-mate Nicholas Latifi and after a barrage of grid penalties, he started eighth, alongside compatriot Max Verstappen.

De Vries confirmed the good feeling with an impeccable performance on Sunday in what was his debut, keeping his position in the middle zone to get ninth place, adding two valuable points for the Grove team.

That only added to the belief that de Vries could take Latifi’s seat for the 2023 season, with Jost Capito acknowledging that he had more than lived up to expectations.

Asked by if there was anything else de Vries could do to earn himself a seat for next year, Capito replied: “No, he doesn’t have to do anything else. But he has other commitments too, doesn’t he?”

“He has done an extraordinary job and I have a very high regard for him. That is why my expectations are very high and he has more than fulfilled them.”

“It’s very difficult to get into that car, do qualifying almost straight away and not make any mistakes at any point in the weekend.”

“He had to defend himself, he had to attack. They also lapped him and he didn’t make any mistakes, then he had to pitstop, which it seems not, but it’s complicated, and he did an exceptional job.”

Williams’ sporting director said the ball over whether he will drive for the Grove team in 2023 was now in the 27-year-old’s court.

But with a seat at Alpine also still available, it remains to be seen if Williams is his best option for next year or if he prefers other destinations.

Nyck de Vries, Williams FW44

De Vries joked after the race that “I still need to do a Powerpoint” to sell his services to teams still looking for a driver for next year.

“Any time you get the chance to drive a Formula 1 car it’s like a kind of job interview or audition,” he added.

Pressed further about de Vries’ availability for 2023, Capito said: “I don’t know, you have to ask him what his contract situation is.”

“I’m not into hypotheses, so I’m only interested in the facts. If the facts are there, then we can find solutions…”

De Vries is currently contracted to Toyota in the WEC as a reserve driver with aspirations of securing a seat in 2023, while he has also been linked with a possible move to Maserati now that his current FE team, Mercedes, is withdrawing from the electrical category.

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