Nyck de Vries should be thrilled with his performance in Monza, demonstrating that he has the ability to compete well in Formula 1’s very intense midfield.
To score points in his first F1 race weekend for Williams – comprehensively outperforming the more experienced Nicholas Laitifi in the same machinery- could not be a better advert for his F1 credentials.
His efforts were noticed among fans and drivers, with Max Verstappen and George Russell explaining in the post-race press conference how impressive the Dutchman’s drive was:
“I saw him battling in front of me when he was defending tenth at the time. Yeah, for Nyck to jump in and deliver this performance is definitely… you know, it’s not easy at all.
“I think he did a great job from the things I saw, also in terms of defending. He just kept his cool, didn’t make mistakes, and I’m very happy for him to score points. It’s impressive, of course, in your first race.”
George Russell echoed a similar sentiment about De Vries’ performance, highlighting that F1-calibre talents do not always make it into F1:
“Yeah, he obviously did an excellent job and yeah, impressive. Throughout all of our karting career – the three of us against him – knew him well, and he was always one of the very best, and there’s no doubt he deserves a place in Formula 1.
“So that’s just how the sport is. Sometimes, you know, there are 20 drivers, not everybody gets an opportunity, but certainly, now he’s proved everything that he has to.”