Nyck de Vries: “It’s a great feeling, getting a double podium”


Nyck de Vries took two third place finishes in Hungary - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Nyck de Vries took two third place finishes at the Hungaroring last weekend, with the Dutchman hoping this will be the start of a more consistent second half of the season.

The Rapax driver has had a very up and down season so far in 2017 and already has a race victory to his name in Monaco, but has too often found himself outside of the points completely, but the McLaren Formula 1 Team Junior excelled in Hungary.

De Vries profited from Artem Markelov’s crash late in the day on Saturday to claim the Feature race podium from seventh on the grid, but his drive on Sunday was even more impressive, making a great pass into turn two on Luca Ghiotto to move into second.

The Dutchman was unable to keep Oliver Rowland behind him due to struggling with his tyres towards the end, but he was happy to secure his second podium of the weekend.

“Our race pace has been a bit inconsistent this year, and we‘ve had some difficult weekends after Baku: I threw it away in race 2 there, and we had some unfortunate issues in race 1 at the Red Bull Ring,” said de Vries on fiaformula2.com.

“I felt this weekend we had the pace: in free practice we were quick, although in qualy we didn’t really get it together, but I knew we had the potential to put a good result together. But seventh to the podium, I wouldn’t have believed that was possible before the race!

“Obviously it’s a great feeling, getting a double podium, and we did improve a little overnight because we had a strong race, but we still need to improve. We know which direction we need to go in, but it’s a case of continuing to work to keep it up.”