Nyck de Vries Views F1 Exit as Part of Life & Reveals His True Stance

Nyck de Vries, whose Formula 1 season ended abruptly when he was replaced by Daniel Ricciardo at AlphaTauri, says he doesn’t feel he was treated unfairly, acknowledges his disappointment but accepts it as part of the sport, and is looking forward to returning to Formula E with the Mahindra Racing team.

Highlights

‣ Nyck de Vries’ season ended abruptly when he was replaced by Daniel Ricciardo at AlphaTauri, a move that some believe was unfair as he was not treated as a rookie.
‣ De Vries, however, does not see it that way and acknowledges that there were moments he could have done better.
‣ Despite the disappointment of his short-lived F1 career, De Vries is set to drive in Formula E again for the Mahindra Racing team starting 13 January.
‣ De Vries has broadened his perspective on motorsport, realizing that it is more than just Formula 1, and is looking forward to his future in Formula E and the WEC.


Nyck de Vries’ racing season? Cut short. He had to step aside for Daniel Ricciardo at AlphaTauri. Some folks reckon it wasn’t fair. They say he was thrust into a leadership role too soon, treated less like a rookie and more like a veteran. But De Vries? He doesn’t see it that way.

“That’s not my perspective,” he told De Telegraaf. He’s a perfectionist, you see. Always looking back, thinking about what he could’ve done better. “I wasn’t quite in my element there,” he admitted. “It just didn’t click.”

At 28, De Vries is pretty level-headed about his brief F1 stint. “F1 was a dream of mine,” he confessed. “And then it ended so quickly. It’s a letdown, sure. But that’s life. That’s the sport.” Sounds rational, right? But that’s genuinely how he feels. He’s embracing the new opportunities coming his way.

But don’t think he’s just sitting around. Nope. He’s back in Formula E, driving for Mahindra Racing from January 13. The new season? It’s starting in Mexico City. De Vries’ view on motorsport has evolved throughout his career. “As a young driver, F1 is your only goal. The pinnacle of our sport,” he said. “But I’ve come to realize there’s more to it.”

He’s got a soft spot for Formula E and the WEC. Can’t wait to get back to it. “Motorsport is more than F1,” he insisted. “Though I get why the public might not see it that way.”

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at F1Highlights.com. With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

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