De Vries takes Monaco positives despite point-costing penalty


Nyck de Vries was deprived of a point in Monaco after a post-race penalty relegated him from his tenth position on the road to eleventh place.

The Dutch driver was handed a ten-second penalty for causing a collision with a rival, with the DAMS driver having climbed from the back of the field after being delayed by the first corner melee that eliminated a number of drivers.

Despite ultimately missing out on taking home a point, de Vries feels there are a lot of positives to take away from Monaco, despite seeing the chance of a good finish disappear at the first corner.

“Even if my result is a bit disappointing I’ll take away a lot of positives from this weekend,” said de Vries. “I’m very happy with my qualifying performance; I couldn’t have done any better.

“In the race I made a great start and I was trying to snatch second place. I honestly don’t really understand what happened in the collision. That’s racing and I was able to fight back afterwards.

“Despite a penalty at the end I’m quite satisfied and I’m going to Spa in an optimistic frame of mind.”