Formula E

Nyck de Vries: “We intend to come back stronger in Valencia after the setbacks”

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Nyck de Vries will be looking to put behind him the disappointment of the Rome E-Prix with a strong performance in the Valencia double-header this weekend.

The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team driver came into the Italian round on top of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship standings but left sitting down in fifth place after crashing out of both races. 

He was the innocent victim in race one as he hit the wall whilst taking avoiding action after team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne crashed ahead of him, but he was culpable in race two as he collided with Jaguar Racing’s Sam Bird on the final lap.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back out on track in Valencia this week after a tough weekend in Rome,” said de Vries.  “Unfortunately, the two races in Rome did not end as we would have wished, but we intend to come back stronger in Valencia after the setbacks.

“I’m very much looking forward to this third race weekend of the season and can’t wait to get started.”

De Vries is hoping the weather in Valencia will be dry, but he knows he will have a lot of work to do to compete at the front of the pack due to his penalty for causing a collision in race two in Rome and from being in group one in Qualifying for race one.

“I hope that the weather in Europe will be a bit better and not quite as unpredictable as it has been recently,” said the Dutchman.  “We know the Valencia circuit from testing, but it’s very different to the typical street circuits normally found in Formula E. “Anyway, we’ll have to wait and see how the weekend unfolds. We need to focus on our programme and hope to then have a good weekend.”

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