|Nyck de Vries|
|D.o.B.||6 February 1995|
|Date of Death||Unknown|
|Début||2019 Ad Diriyah E-Prix I|
|Formula E Career|
|Entries||35 (35 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 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship 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. As a result of his exploits, McLaren Racing signed de Vries up to their Young Driver Programme, with management from Anthony Hamilton, and helped fund his first full campaign in single-seaters in 2012.
Junior Rivalries: 2012—2015
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).
The following season, de Vries would graduate to the Formula Renault 3.5 Championship, joining DAMS for a full campaign. He took his only win at the season finale on his way to third in the championship behind Oliver Rowland and Matthieu Vaxiviere.
The F1 Ladder: 2016—2019
In 2016, de Vries switched to the GP3 Series with ART Grand Prix, partnering his former Formula Renault rivals Charles Leclerc and Alexander Albon. A strong rookie season saw de Vries claim sixth in the Championship with two wins, prompting him to move into the FIA Formula 2 Championship for 2017 with Rapax, although the Dutchman would make a midseason switch to Racing Engineering. The Dutchman secured a single win during his rookie campaign, taking victory in Monte Carlo in the reverse grid Sprint Race, en-route to claiming seventh in the standings. Towards the end of the season de Vries would also get a test in an Audi DTM car at a young driver test held at the Lausitzring.
The 2018 campaign saw de Vries move to Prema Racing, the outfit that had delivered de Vries' junior rival Leclerc to the 2017 F2 title. Three wins saw de Vries challenge for the title until the final round of the season, before ultimately finishing fourth as the top three in the Championship graduated to Formula One. de Vries would stay in F2 for a third full season in 2019, rejoining ART Grand Prix, with the Dutchman starting the season as one of the favourites for the title.
His third season in F2 proved to be his best, with de Vries taking four wins en-route to taking the 2019 Drivers' Championship with a round to spare. However, midway through the season it was announced that de Vries would be leaving the McLaren Young Driver Programme, ending his nine year association with the team.
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 bounced back to record 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 third season of F2. The Dutchman subsequently returned to the Audi realms of the sport in January 2019, testing for their customers Envision Virgin Racing at 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, partnering the Dutchman with fellow tester Vandoorne. The Dutchman would have a quiet start to his rookie FE campaign, scoring solid points with sixth on his debut in the 2019 Diriyah E-Prix I, before a quiet run to sixteenth in the Second Race.
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||17||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:
- 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) Cite error: Invalid
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- '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 Network, 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)
- '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)
- '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)
- '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)
- '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)
- 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)
- '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)
- '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)
- 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)
- 'Guenther dropped after penalty, Vandoorne inherits third place podium finish', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/11/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/november/guenther-dropped-stoffel-gets-podium, (Accessed 23/11/2019)