Formula 1 | Ninth on Monza debut, De Vries ‘proud’

Formula 1 |  Ninth on Monza debut, De Vries 'proud'
Ninth on his debut at Monza, De (...)

Nyck De Vries impressed this weekend at Monza, finishing ninth in the race after being told on Saturday morning that he would have to replace Alex Albon. Nevertheless, he had been summoned to the marshals after the race.

Indeed, the Dutchman took advantage of being under a safety car regime to check a few points on his car, and he braked in a straight line in front of Guanyu Zhou, who was forced to pass him to avoid the Williams and get away with it. complained on the radio.

The team then apologized to the Dutchman asking him to catch up with the line of drivers in front of him. And this is what was put forward to the commissioners, who explained that he was the victim of brake problems.

Moreover, it was his engineer who had asked him to slow down to respect the mandatory time delta within the framework of the slowdown linked to the neutralization. This therefore made it possible to avoid a penalty, especially as the team also made use of the driver’s lack of experience at the wheel of the FW44. As for him, the pilot admits that he suffered physically.

“I can assure you that my shoulders are hanging. When the safety car came out, everything relaxed, and I said to myself that I would not get over it. I didn’t mind finishing behind the car security, but it would have been fine too. I had trouble, especially in the shoulders!” said DeVries.

Williams F1 ‘did the right thing’ to aim for points

However, the experience was exceptional for the one who made his racing debut: “I don’t think I realize yet, I loved the race today, I had a good time, I enjoyed it. I didn’t sleep, I was very nervous, especially this morning. But the closer we got to the race, the more excited and happy I got.”

“I’m happy to have had this opportunity and to have made something successful out of it. I know we were helped by retirements and grid penalties, but we also did the right thing, and I’m proud of that, I’m happy about that.”

De Vries explains the challenge of adapting to a car he hadn’t driven since May, and which he discovered under much more stressful conditions, with the obligation to take a lap fast in qualifying and to fight in the peloton during the race.

“It might not look like a win. But it’s been a great weekend. Especially since I only found out half an hour before the start of the third free practice that I would be driving. Everything went passed in a flash. But maybe that’s a good thing. You don’t have time to think and then just go with the flow and do your job.”

“I did use the tools on board the car to influence its behavior a bit for me. It was something that I didn’t know very well. I was constantly asking the team how I should do it with the differential , the balance of the brakes and they gave me the instructions to do it. But in the end, it was me in the car who had to feel what I needed to handle the situation.

Latifi: We don’t have a car to race with

Nicholas Latifi evolved in the shadow of his rookie teammate throughout the weekend, and the Canadian had a very complicated start to the race. Frustrated at having been stuck between two cars, he regrets that the drivers who passed him off the track were not penalised.

“We were compromised at the start, we were sandwiched between several cars, I tried to avoid getting into it. Then several cars cut the first corner and were not penalized” the Canadian gets annoyed.

“It compromised my race because I found myself being the first car out of position, all the fast cars could attack me. And I think we stopped too early, but the race was over as soon as departure.”

Probably finding no reason for satisfaction, and possibly feeling his days numbered at Williams, Latifi does not hesitate to transfer the responsibility for his performance to an FW44 that is very unusable, according to him.

“I don’t know what my pace was in the clean air, but I have to say that with the car, we had to try to maintain the position and defend ourselves. But if we wanted to come back up, our car is not not a car you can race in.”

“It’s fast in a straight line but you can’t brake or keep up speed in the corners. It’s good to fight with a few cars, but we were drastically lacking in downforce, so it wasn’t easy.”

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