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Who is Nyck De Vries? The Formula 1 rookie replacing Pierre Gasly at AlphaTauri

Nyck De Vries is a Dutch Formula 1 driver and serial winner who will race for the Scuderia AlphaTauri Formula 1 team in the next 2023 Formula 1 season. He is currently a reserve driver for Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team.

He has impressed F1 teams and fans alike this season, as a last-minute debutant in the Italian Grand Prix, finishing in the points on his first major league crack.

So who is Nyck De Vries? Read on to find out why AlphaTauri signed him for next season, his racing career, girlfriend, endorsements and more.

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Nyck De Vries Quick Facts

Last name: Hendrik Johnanes Nicasius “Nyck” de Vries
Age: 27
Date of Birth : February 6, 1995
Nationality: Dutch
Place of birth: Uitwellingerga, Netherlands
Height: 5 feet 6 inches / 167 cm
Lester: 10m 6 lbs / 67 kg
Crew: Scuderia AlphaTauri (2023 F1 season)
Net value : $1-5 million (approximately)
Instagram: @nyckdevries

Who is Nyck de Vries?

Hendrik Johnanes Nicasius “Nyck” de Vries is a Dutch racing driver who is currently a reserve driver for Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team. He recently signed with AlphaTauri, guaranteeing him a seat for the 2023 F1 season.

At the 2022 Italian Grand Prix, de Vries made his F1 debut, wowling fans by replacing Williams driver Alexander Albon at the last minute. He even finished in the points, with an admirable ninth place.

Even before his Formula 1 career, Nyck de Vries showed great promise in the world of motor racing, having won the 2020-21 Formula E World Championship, the 2019 F2 World Championship and two World Championships. of karting. Let’s hope there’s room on the chimney for more rewards!

Early life

Nyck de Vries was born on February 6, 1995 in Uitwellingerga, the Netherlands. His father, Hendrick Jan de Vries was a car dealer, sparking Nyck’s interest in racing. His mother Naomi Hessling is a housewife and he also has a sister named Seychelle de Vries.

Like the majority of other Formula 1 drivers, de Vries began his racing career in karting, competing in competitions from the age of nine. He has won several world titles, including winning the world karting championship two years in a row in 2010 and 2011.

This winning streak caught the attention of Formula 1 scouts and de Vries was signed to the McLaren Young Driver scheme. There he was coached by Lewis Hamilton’s father, Anthony Hamilton, who tried who tried to get him into F1.

Start of racing career

Nyck De Vries began his career as a karting driver when he was just nine years old. Image: @Chris Schotanus

After his career in karting, Nyck de Vries switched to single-seaters and started the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 in 2012. Always a winner, he won the Championship in his third season.

In 2014, that same year, he also won the now defunct Formula Renault 2.0 Alps competition; Since circuit racing is prohibited in Switzerland, races are held on alpine courses. Out of 14 podium finishes, he only managed twice, finishing ahead of current Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc.

Later, teaming up with Leclerc and Williams F1 driver Alexander Albon, a strong rookie season in the 2016 GP3 series earned him a place in Formula 2 for 2017.

Formula 2

In his rookie F2 season, de Vries finished in seventh place, ranking second among all freshman riders.

In 2018 he was able to improve on the results, challenging for the title until the last round of the season. He eventually finished in fourth place behind george russell, Lando Norris and Alexander Albon, all of whom would be drafted into F1 teams that year.

Despite this setback, Nyck de Vries’ third season in F2 turned out to be his best, returning to his winning ways. He placed first in four races en route to the 2019 F2 Drivers’ Championship.

It was around this time that he joined the Audi Sport racing academy, ending a nine-year partnership with McLaren.

Nyck De Vries won four races en route to the F2 Drivers’ Championship in 2019. Image: @SnapLap

Formula E

After again failing to find a place in Formula 1 following his victory in F2, Nyck de Vries signed with Formula E team Mercedes-Benz EQ for the 2019-20 Formula E season and finished the season in eleventh position.

It wasn’t until his second season in Formula E that de Vries really came into his own. He ended the campaign with a total of 99 points after taking two wins and four podiums, winning his first ever Formula E championship. Mercedes also won their first constructors’ championship.

Formula 1

Finally, someone gave de Vries a chance in F1, becoming the test and reserve driver for the Mercedes F1 team.

He made his Formula 1 debut in the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix, replacing Alexander Albon, an event that would play out for real later in the season. He also ran training sessions at Mercedes as a seven-time world champion by Sir Lewis Hamilton car, and at Aston Martin.

However, his first real taste of Formula 1 would come in September 2022, when Williams driver Alex Albon developed appendicitis and was ruled out of the Italian Grand Prix. de Vries took his place, managing to qualify thirteenth.

In a huge effort for his first race, Nyck de Vries finished an impressive ninth, scoring points on his race debut and more points than teammate Nicolas Latifi had done all season (ouch!).

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After this exceptional effort, AlphaTauri has finally awarded Nyck de Vries a well-deserved seat for the upcoming 2023 Formula 1 season.

Nyck de Vries’ girlfriend

Nyck de Vries is dating professional model Eva Bruggenwirth, also from the Netherlands. The couple have been together for over four years, with rumors that their relationship began in 2018.

According to his Instagramshe is a social media and content writer at a jewelry and homeware company Anna + Nina.

Nyck de Vries has been dating Eva Bruggenwirth for over four years. Image: @evabruggenwirth

Nyck de Vries net worth

Nyck de Vries is said to be worth between $1 million and $5 million. His salary for the 2021-22 Formula E season would have reached $850,000.

There are still no reports on how much de Vries will be paid for his next season at AlphaTauri.

Approvals of Nyck de Vries

Nyck de Vries doesn’t just have an endorsement deal with Mercedes. The Dutch rider is also sponsored by Vestas, Tommy Hilfiger and SAP.

With all eyes on the rookie next season, will he be able to replicate his early F1 success?

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