Nick de Vries says he thinks he deserves the chance of an F1 seat after driving Aston Martin in FP1 of the Italian Grand Prix.
Aston Martin has led Nick de Vries to replace Sebastian Vettel in FP1 of Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix to fulfill an FIA mandate requiring rookie drivers to take part in two FP1 sessions during the season.
This is the third time this season that Nick de Vries has taken on this role. Williams’ Alex Albon in the F1 Spanish GP and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in the F1 French GP.
It should be noted that all the teams driven by Nick de Vries have Mercedes F1 engines. De Vries is currently signed as a reserve driver for the Mercedes F1 team.
Nick de Vries’ name, often associated with vacancies, reappeared this summer in potential roles at Alpine, AlphaTauri, Haas and Williams.
As things stand, Nick de Vries looks unlikely to win any of those seats, with younger and more experienced F1 drivers above him.
Nick de Vries was never shy about declaring his dream was to race in F1, but after driving for Aston Martin he admitted it was out of his control.
When asked if his management was working on a seat for 2023, De Vries replied: “I have no management, so not really, officially.”
“But time will tell. I don’t know. It’s out of my hands and out of my control.”
“Of course, Formula 1 is a dream and I think I deserve a chance, but in the end it’s not me who decides the composition of the drivers.
Nick de Vries is also in talks with the FIA to grant Red Bull an F1 super license points exemption to bring Colton Herta to AlphaTauri.
Nick de Vries argues that changing it is “bad for the system”.
“I think the rules created for that should just be followed,” Nick de Vries said.
“Not only is it frustrating, but I think it’s bad for the system.”
“If it’s easier to score points elsewhere, it could have a negative impact on Formula 2 and Formula 3 as drivers move on to other championships.”
“In this case, for example, the driver would choose Indy Lights, which only drives about 12 cars.”
“I personally think that in situations like this we should follow the rules and not make exceptions.”
“There are a lot of pilots with super licenses.”