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De Vries still feels future out of his hands in ‘volatile’ F1 – The Race

Williams and Alpine target Nyck de Vries still believe a move to Formula 1 is “out of my control” after a stellar start because “this world is very volatile”.

De Vries was called up by Williams to race in the Italian Grand Prix after regular driver Alex Albon had to be treated for appendicitis.

The change was not confirmed until Saturday morning but De Vries played off the cuff, outqualifying team-mate Nicholas Latifi and then taking advantage of grid penalties to propel him into the top 10 to score points with an excellent performance on Sunday.

De Vries received rave reviews from Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and George Russell, all of whom championed his cause of landing a full-time ride.

The Formula 2 and Formula E champion is believed to be Williams’ preferred signing for 2023, but Alpine is also monitoring De Vries’ situation and plans to test him in a 2021 car this month.

De Vries believes he has proven he won’t be moved on the grid but suggested after the race there were no guarantees.

“This world is very unstable and it’s not just merit that counts,” he said. “So it’s out of my control.

“But this [his debut]no one can take me away.

“So whatever the future holds, whether I’m here or not, I can look back on my debut and my first moment in Formula 1 with pride. I enjoyed it.”

Although De Vries has played down his chances, it seems likely that he will have the power to decide his own future.

De Vries has been lined up for Maserati Formula E and Toyota World Endurance Championship races after Mercedes withdrew from FE.

Williams CEO Jost Capito suggested De Vries had only to choose between these programs and move on to F1, hinting there was a seat at Williams for him if he could opt out of his Maserati and Toyota deals – which have yet to be officially announced – and no further F1 deals.

“I’ve known Nyck for a while and we’re friends,” Capito told Viaplay after the race.

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“Of course he is still on the list, but he has other commitments as well.

“He has to see what his future is. And we continue from there.

De Vries is also on Alpine’s shortlist of 2023 options, but will only stand a serious chance if the team fails to land Pierre Gasly, their number one pick.

That hinges on Red Bull releasing Gasly from his AlphaTauri contract, which in turn will only happen if Red Bull target Colton Herta is granted a superlicence.

De Vries joked that he “might need to prepare a PowerPoint” to show up at Alpine, a reference to Russell doing it for both Mercedes and Williams in his junior career.

But the reality is that performing so well in difficult circumstances last weekend, De Vries has already presented a compelling case.

When asked if he felt his call to Monza was an audition, De Vries replied: ‘Yeah, I mean every time you’re in the car you’re expected to do good work.

Nyck de Vries Williams F1

“And every time you get the chance to drive a Formula 1 car, it’s kind of a job interview and audition.

“You have to seize these opportunities, but you also have to use them wisely because there is always a trade-off between doing too much and too little.

“I’m just grateful that it worked well and played into our hands.

“We took points and it was a great performance. And no one can take that away from us.”

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