Nyck de Vries to run Aston Martin car in the opening practice of Italian GP

Nyck de Vries to run Aston Martin car in the opening practice of Italian GP

In preparation for this weekend’s FIA Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix, Nyck de Vries will participate in Free Practice 1 for the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team.

This season, De Vries has already participated in two practice sessions as the 27-year-old Dutchman is thought to be a possible contender for an F1 seat in the future. 

In Spain, he took Alex Albon’s seat and drove in his first practice of the year for Williams Racing. In France, he filled in for seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team.

The reigning FIA Formula E World Champion, who has put in a lot of simulator time at Aston Martin’s Silverstone headquarters, will replace Sebastian Vettel in the driving seat of the AMR22.

“I am really looking forward to driving for AMF1, particularly at such a legendary circuit as Monza,” de Vries said. “It will be my third FP1 session of the season, and in the third different Formula One chassis and these opportunities have given me a fantastic insight into how Formula One cars and teams function and operate.“

“I hope I can bring a fresh perspective to the AMF1 team and can undertake a run-programme that proves beneficial to us both.”

Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack, is eager to work with the Formula E star this weekend and hopes the outfit can aid in the Dutchman’s development.

“We are delighted to welcome Nyck to our team, and we look forward to working with him at Monza,” Krack said.

“I have watched Nyck’s career with great interest – he drove brilliantly to win the Formula 2 title in 2019 and underlined his class by winning the Formula E World Championship in 2020/2021.”

“We are looking forward to gaining his perspectives and insights about our car. His achievements show that he clearly deserves a shot at Formula One and, hopefully, this opportunity to get behind the wheel of the AMR22 will allow him to showcase his abilities to the wider world.”

De Vries’ involvement in the Italian Grand Prix helps Aston Martin meet the requirement of involving rookie drivers  who have competed in no more than two Grands Prix in practice sessions.

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