De Vries felt ‘honored’ to be linked to F1 seats in silly 2022 season
De Vries became the first Formula E world champion earlier this year after clinching the title for Mercedes, which led to close ties with a stint in F1.
De Vries was known to be vying for a seat with client Mercedes Williams, only for the team to finally sign former Toro Rosso and Red Bull driver Alex Albon to team up with Nicholas Latifi for next year. . It was also linked with a possible trip to Alfa Romeo for next year.
But the door eventually closed for de Vries, leaving him to focus on defending his Formula E title with Mercedes in the upcoming season which kicks off in Saudi Arabia at the end of January.
Speaking on the latest episode of This week with Will Buxton on Motorsport TV, de Vries remained coy about the closeness he had had to F1 training, but admitted he was flattered to be part of the conversation.
“I felt honored that my name was circulating and that people connected me with Formula 1 teams,” said de Vries.
“At the end of the day, I don’t have a lot of control over the rumors or speculations, or even the opportunities.
“The only thing I can really control is my performance on the track, and that’s where my goal and my priority is.
“I think this is the only way to continue my career and keep opening up new opportunities. So I will continue to do so.
“I have to admit that every young driver shares the same dream and the same goal, and that is to become a Formula 1 driver. I’m still young, so I would be lying if I said I no longer share that dream and that goal.
“But in the end, you probably know Formula 1 better than I do, so I stay focused on my job and let the rest take care of it.”
Nyck De Vries and Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG, celebrate in the garage as Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, take pole
Photo By: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images
De Vries won the Formula 2 title in 2019 before switching to Formula E, and has since matched his racing commitments with a Mercedes reserve role alongside teammate Stoffel Vandoorne.
De Vries also embarked on a sports car program in 2021, competing in five European Le Mans Series events with G-Drive Racing and making three World Endurance Championship appearances, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Mans, leaving him with many tasks to manage.
“Obviously the Formula E season is pretty compressed and ends in August, and then naturally our focus is a bit more on F1 and the endurance tasks,” said de Vries.
“Then during the winter we have little time to reset and come back to Formula E.
“But it’s really great to be so busy and to be involved in different championships and with such great teams, because at the end of the day it sounds cliché, but it’s really true that you learn and watch. constantly in everything you do.
“So I appreciate it a lot. I am grateful for all the opportunities I have, and yes, I hope to continue to do well.