Nyck de Vries to drive for Williams at Spanish GP FP1

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Mercedes’ Formula E driver and F1 reserve driver Nyck de Vries will drive for Williams in Spanish Grand Prix Free Practice 1.

Reigning Formula E champion Nyck de Vries will replace Alex Albon at Williams in the opening free practice at Barcelona this Friday.

This will be the Dutch driver’s Formula 1 practice debut.

“Firstly, I’d really like to thank Williams for the opportunity to run in FP1,” de Vries said.

“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 1 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,” he concluded.


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Williams’ Head of Vehicle Performance Dave Robson says the team is pelased to provide de Vries with this opportunity.

“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,” Robson said.

“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.”

There have been strong talks recently that de Vries could replace Nicholas Latifi at Williams next year, but it remains to be seen if there’s anything to the rumours.

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