Former AlphaTauri driver Nyck de Vries has unveiled his next step following his departure from the team a few weeks ago. The Dutch racer’s tenure with the Red Bull squad spanned only 10 races before the decision was made to reintroduce Daniel Ricciardo to the Formula 1 grid.
Unfortunately, de Vries had to wait quite a while for his Formula 1 debut. Despite his credentials as a former F2 and Formula E champion, the Dutchman didn’t make his F1 debut until the age of 27. Nevertheless, he has charted a new path for himself. De Vries has set his sights on furthering his education, enrolling in a course at none other than Harvard University.
During a press interaction, de Vries appeared to be in no hurry to return to racing. He expressed his interest in exploring endeavors he had never pursued before, including taking up golf. When questioned about whether parting ways with AlphaTauri was a bitter experience, he calmly responded:
“I received a lot of support and the transition felt quite natural. I’ve actually been playing a considerable amount of golf since then.”
As he delved into his educational aspirations, de Vries elaborated:
“I’ve never really engaged in formal education before in my life; in fact, I didn’t even complete high school.
“However, come September, I’m set to embark on a course at Harvard. It’s about Negotiation and Leadership – a chance to delve into some studying. This inclination stems from my newfound appreciation for learning, especially when I have the time and curiosity to explore new subjects.”
De Vries’s decision to prioritize education over hastily returning to the racing scene is commendable. Regarding his racing journey, his background in endurance racing and Formula E is poised to serve as a valuable asset in the long run.