Despite his early exit from Formula 1, Nyck de Vries is looking forward to returning to Formula E and competing in the WEC for Toyota in 2024, and holds no resentment towards his former team, AlphaTauri, for replacing him after just 10 races.
‣ Nyck de Vries is set to return to Formula E and compete in the WEC on behalf of Toyota in 2024, following his early exit from Formula 1.
‣ De Vries had to leave AlphaTauri after driving just 10 races for the F1 team, making way for Daniel Ricciardo.
‣ Despite the disappointment, De Vries says he has been able to put the experience into perspective quickly and harbours no resentment towards his former employer.
‣ De Vries does not see the decision of his exit as unfair or unjust, and is grateful for the opportunity he was given in Formula 1.
Nyck de Vries’ Formula 1 journey didn’t pan out as he’d hoped. But hey, it’s not all doom and gloom for him in 2024. He’s making a comeback to Formula E and will be racing for Toyota in the WEC. After his early AlphaTauri exit, he’s not one to just give up. And now, he’s opening up about that experience for the first time.
De Vries Breaks His Silence on F1 Departure
De Vries isn’t exactly wallowing in self-pity after being replaced by Daniel Ricciardo at AlphaTauri. He only got to race 10 times for the F1 team, but he’s doing alright. Sure, it was a tough time for the 28-year-old Dutchman. But he’s managed to keep things in perspective.
“I got a ton of support. I mean, I’m talking about 4,000 messages or so. That really helped. I could’ve just sat in a corner and cried, but what good would that do? It hurt, no doubt about it. But hey, life’s full of ups and downs. And yeah, pain’s part of the package,” he shared with De Telegraaf.
His first year with AlphaTauri? Not exactly a roaring success. After just 10 races, Red Bull Racing advisor Helmut Marko showed him the door, deciding Ricciardo was a better fit. But De Vries isn’t holding any grudges against his old team.
The decision wasn’t a total shocker either. “Fair or not, it doesn’t really matter to me. I don’t have any hard feelings towards Helmut Marko, Daniel Ricciardo, or even Liam Lawson, who temporarily replaced me. It’s just how the business works. I’m just grateful for the opportunity I got,” De Vries added.