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Nyck de Vries Handed 2023 Formula 1 Chance after Signing Contract with AlphaTauri

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Nyck de Vries has been handed a full-time drive in Formula 1 with Scuderia AlphaTauri replacing the outgoing Pierre Gasly.

De Vries will partner with Yuki Tsunoda next year after Red Bull secured his services from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, where the Dutchman was acting as reserve driver.

The 2019 Formula 2 Champion was thrown into the action just a few weeks ago, as he made his F1 debut for Williams’ Racing after Alex Albon was taken ill. The Dutchman impressed, outqualifying his team-mate Nicholas Latifi and scoring his first Formula 1 points with ninth place on his debut.

De Vries has been building up his experience for the past year, participating in a number of free practice sessions with multiple different teams throughout the season. The move to AlphaTauri seems a good fit, with the Dutchman being able to develop and potentially challenge for the Red Bull seat at some point in the future.

De Vries spoke on his move to the team and is delighted he has the opportunity and is hoping he can have a successful first season.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining Scuderia AlphaTauri for 2023 and I want to thank both Red Bull and the team for giving me the opportunity to drive in F1. After Formula 2, I took a slightly different path with motorsport, but F1 has always been my dream and I’m grateful to be able to fulfil it.

“I’ve had a lot of chances to experience the 2022 car this year and I think that has put me in a great position for the upcoming season, I hope this has helped to prepare me for what is to come.

“Having spent most of my teenage years in Italy for karting, I’ve always felt at home there, so for me, it’s great to be joining an Italian team, that already has a real family feel, and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and to start to build our relationship before the next season.”

Franz Tost added to de Vries’ comments and is hoping that the team can help develop the Dutchman and give him a platform for his Formula 1 career, with the Dutchman now exiting the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship where he took the championship back in 2021.

“Now, we are pleased to start a new chapter with Nyck, who’s very much welcome at Scuderia AlphaTauri. He (de Vries) is a very highly skilled driver, as he won in all the categories he competed in, with many races and championships under his belt.

His last big success was winning the Formula E World Championship, and this is clear evidence that he is a very competitive driver, who deserves a seat in F1. I am looking forward to seeing him in our car and I’m confident that with Yuki and Nyck we will have a very strong driver line up for 2023.”

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