|Nyck de Vries|
|Date of Birth||6 February 1995|
|Date of Death||Unknown|
|Début||2019 Ad Diriyah E-Prix I|
|Formula E Career|
|Entries||3 (3 Starts)|
|Team||Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team|
Nyck de Vries (born 6 February 1995 in Sneek, Netherlands) is a Dutch racing driver who races in the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship for the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team. The 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and Alps champion and a former member of the McLaren Young Driver Programme, de Vries would join Stoffel Vandoorne at the factory Mercedes team, having previously tested for their rivals Audi Sport.
Born in the city of Sneek, de Vries began his racing career in karting. Beginning professionally in 2004, he claimed multiple titles, among them KF3 championship wins at the WSK, German Junior Karting and CIK-FIA European championship. In 2010, he switched to Super KF (later KF1) and followed them up with two successive wins at the CIK-FIA World Cup and the 2011 WSK Euro Series title.
Formula Renault 2.0
In 2012, de Vries made his single-seater debut in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and NEC championships with R-ace GP, claiming his maiden win in his home round at Assen and finishing fifth and tenth in the respective championships. The following year, he switched to Koiranen GP for the Eurocup and Alps championships, repeating his Eurocup finish of fifth and taking eighth in the Alps standings. In 2014, de Vries reunited with Koiranen with the aim of mounting a championship challenge. Claiming fourteen wins across both Eurocup and Alps championships, he claimed both titles ahead of Dennis Olsen (Eurocup) and future Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc (Alps).
Formula Renault 3.5
In 2015, de Vries joined DAMS for the Formula Renault 3.5 championship. He took his only win at the season finale on his way to third in the championship behind Oliver Rowland and Matthieu Vaxiviere.
In 2016, de Vries switched to the championship with ART Grand Prix and alongside former Formula Renault rivals Charles Leclerc and Alexander Albon. Claiming two wins, he finished sixth in the standings.
FIA Formula 2
The following year, de Vries joined the Prema Racing outfit that had delivered Charles Leclerc to the drivers' title. Claiming three wins, de Vries ended the season fourth in the championship.
Staying on for a third season, de Vries reunited with ART.
In 2010, de Vries was signed to the McLaren Young Driver Programme with Anthony Hamilton being appointed his manager. He also made two appearances as himself in McLaren's animated cartoon series Tooned. After eight years with the team, de Vries and McLaren parted ways in 2019.
In October 2017, de Vries joined Audi for the young driver test at Lausitz.
Formula E History
de Vries' first flirtation with the ABB FIA Formula E Championship came during the 2016/17 season, when the young Dutchman was considered as a potential replacement for Maro Engel at the 2017 Paris ePrix. However, after losing out to Tom Dillmann in that battle, de Vries would have to wait until the 2018 Rookie Test at Marrakech a year later to get a full sample of an FE machine. Driving for the factory Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler squad, car issues put him out of the morning session, but de Vries scored the ninth fastest time in the afternoon session.
In September 2018, de Vries tested with the NIO Formula E Team ,and was linked to a potential drive with the outfit for 2018/19 season. Yet, de Vries would be overlooked for the seat alongside Oliver Turvey, with Dillmann again the man to block him, leaving de Vries to sign up for a fourth season of F2. The Dutchman subsequently returned to the Audi realms of the sport, later testing for their customers Envision Virgin Racing in the 2019 Rookie Test.
In August 2019, de Vries tested for the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team and towards the end of the month was seen as the favourite for the second seat alongside Stoffel Vandoorne. In September 2019, Mercedes confirmed de Vries as one of their drivers for the 2019/20 season, duly partnering the Dutchman with fellow tester Vandoorne.
Full Formula E Record
Shown below are a series of tables outlining Nyck de Vries's career in Formula E in statistical form.
Formula E Entries
The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Nyck de Vries during his FE career:
|Nyck de Vries's Overall Formula E Record|
|2017/18||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||11||Audi e-tron FE04||Test Driver|
|2018/19||Envision Virgin Racing||2||Audi e-tron FE05||Test Driver|
|2019/20||Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team||TBA||Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01|
Below is a table showing Nyck de Vries's full Formula E record.
|FIA Formula E Championship Record|
Videos and Images:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 'Merecedes-Benz EQ reveal the Silver Arrow 01, Vandroorne & de Vries complete line up', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 11/09/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/september/mercedes-2019-200challenger-revealed, (Accessed 11/09/2019)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 'McLaren sign Nyck de Vries', gforcef1.wordpress.com, (Wordpress, 21/01/2010), https://gforcef1.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/mclaren-sign-nyck-de-vries/, (Accessed 12/09/2018)
- ↑ 'McLaren Formula 1 - Team - Nyck de Vries', mcLaren.com, (McLaren), https://www.mclaren.com/formula1/team/nyck-de-vries/, (Accessed 12/09/2018)
- ↑ 'McLaren’s teenage flying Dutchman: Nyck de Vries', formulascout.com, (FormulaScout 09/08/2012), http://www.formulascout.com/mclarens-teenage-flying-dutchman-nyck-de-vries/1926, (Accessed 12/09/2018)
- ↑ '[Feature] Nyck de Vries: “I’m aiming for the title”', renaultsport.com, (Renault Sport, 26/03/2014), https://www.renaultsport.com/Feature-Nyck-de-Vries-I-m-aiming.html, (Accessed 12/09/2018)
- ↑ 'Nyck de Vries: “The logical jump is the Formula Renault 3.5 Series”', motorsport.com, (Motorsport.com, 03/11/2014, https://www.motorsport.com/f3.5/news/nyck-de-vries-the-logical-jump-is-the-formula-renault-3-5-series/458353/?nrt=197, (Accessed 12/09/2018)
- ↑ 'Nyck De Vries wins first race in season finale', eurosport.com, (Eurosport, 19/10/2015), https://www.eurosport.co.uk/world-series-renault/formula-renault-3-5/2012/nyck-de-vries-wins-first-race-in-season-finale_sto4956765/story.shtml (Accessed 12/09/2018)
- ↑ 'Nyck de Vries confirmed at ART Grand Prix', gp3series.com, (GP3 Series, 24/02/2016), http://www.gp3series.com/News/2016/02_February/Nyck-de-Vries-confirmed-at-ART-Grand-Prix/, (Accessed 12/09/2018)
- ↑ 'McLaren F1 protege Nyck de Vries to graduate to F2 with Rapax', (Autosport, 11/03/2017), autosport.com, (Accessed 12/09/2018)
- ↑ 'Monaco F2: De Vries takes maiden win in Rapax 1-2', motorsport.com, (Motorsport.com, 27/05/2017), https://www.motorsport.com/fia-f2/news/monaco-f2-de-vries-rapax-sprint-race-911283/911283/?nrt=73, (Accessed 12/09/2018)
- ↑ 'Nyck de Vries and Louis Deletraz switch seats in Formula 2', autosport.com, (Autosport, 23/08/2017), https://www.autosport.com/f2/news/131360/de-vries-and-deletraz-switch-seats-in-f2, (Accessed 12/09/2018)
- ↑ 'Prema completes 2018 Formula 2 line-up with McLaren's Nyck de Vries', autosport.com, (Autosport, 27/11/2017), https://www.autosport.com/f2/news/133295/prema-completes-2018-f2-lineup-with-de-vries, (Accessed 12/09/2018)
- ↑ Aaron Gillard, 'ART GRAND PRIX COMPLETES 2019 FORMULA 2 ROSTER WITH NYCK DE VRIES', thecheckeredflag.co.uk, (The Checkered Flag, 28/11/2018), https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2018/11/art-grand-prix-completes-2019-formula-2-roster-with-nyck-de-vries/, (Accessed 14/08/2019)
- ↑ Elliot Wood, 'http://www.formulascout.com/nyck-de-vries-leaves-mclaren/50229', formulascout.com, (FormulaScout, 06/05/2019), http://www.formulascout.com/nyck-de-vries-leaves-mclaren/50229, (Accessed 14/08/2019)
- ↑ 'Yann Ehrlacher and Nyck de Vries get Audi young driver test chance', touringcars.net, (TouringCars.net, 20/10/2017), https://www.touringcars.net/2017/10/yann-ehrlacher-nyck-de-vries-get-audi-young-driver-test-chance, (Accessed 12/09/2018)
- ↑ 'Tom Dillmann to make Formula E debut with Venturi in Paris', autosport.com, (Autosport, 24/04/2017), https://www.autosport.com/fe/news/129133/dillmann-to-make-formula-e-debut, (Accessed 12/09/2018)
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 'Muller and de Vries to test for Audi', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 12/12/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/december/muller-and-de-vries-to-test-for-audi/, (Accessed 12/09/2018)
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Sam Smith, 'De Vries Latest Driver to Test for NIO', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media LLC, 12/09/2018), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/de-vries-latest-driver-to-test-for-nio/, (Accessed 12/09/2018)
- ↑ Alex Kalinauckas, 'Benoit Treluyer, Nyck de Vries get Virgin FE Marrakech test seats', autosport.com, (Autosport, 07/01/2019), https://www.autosport.com/fe/news/140892/treluyer-de-vries-get-virgin-rookie-test-drives, (Accessed 14/08/2019)
- ↑ Sam Smith, 'De Vries Tests for Mercedes EQ', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media LLC, 14/08/2019), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/de-vries-tests-for-mercedes-eq/, (Accessed 14/08/2019)
- ↑ Sam Smith, 'De Vries Favorite for Mercedes Race Seat', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 30/08/2019), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/de-vries-favorite-for-mercedes-race-seat/, (Accessed 30/08/2019)