Nyck De Vries to run for Williams in FP1 at Spanish GP

Mercedes test driver, Nyck De Vries gets his Formula 1 debut call up as he runs for Williams in FP1 at the Spanish GP.

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Formula 1 is set to see a new face in the FP1 session at the Spanish Grand Prix. Nyck de Vries will swap in for Alex Albon at the Williams for the first running session at Barcelona. The Dutch racing driver is currently competing in the Formula E with Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team. He is also a test and reserve driver for the Mercedes in Formula 1.

The 2022 rules and regulations state that the teams must now run a driver with no more than two grands prix of experience during FP1 at two rounds during the season. Nyck de Vries is the reigning world champion in Formula E and has a prior experience of driving a Formula 1 car. The driver earned his maiden outing in an Formula 1 car with the Mercedes in the young driver test in Abu Dhabi at the end of the 2020 season.

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Nyck De Vries makes his Formula 1 weekend Debut with Williams

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Nyck De Vries to run for Williams in FP1 at Spanish GP 2

The Dutchman expressed his joy by saying “It’s great for me to get to know the team and drive the FW44, and also to get myself out on track during a Formula One weekend. Preparation for the test is going well so far and the team have been incredibly supportive of me. I’m very much looking forward to the whole experience in Spain now”

Williams head of vehicle performance, Dave Robson presented his views by adding “We are looking forward to having Nyck de Vries in the car for FP1 as it is always good to work with a new driver and get a fresh opinion on the car’s strengths and weaknesses. Nyck’s experience and professionalism will be crucial on Friday as he will complete some of the key engineering tests in FP1 before he hands the car back to Alex for FP2.”

The opportunity provided by the new rules and regulations is a major boost for the young and upcoming drivers of Formula 1. It provides them with a platform to show the Formula 1 constructors that what they are capable of. This further translates into building their case for a future seat in the sport.

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