“De Vries wants extra time” amid robust F1 begin
A champion in System and System E, De Vries joined AlphaTauri after excelling final yr in a one-off drive for Williams at Monza, the place he completed ninth whereas deputising for Alex Albon.
Regardless of being an F1 rookie, De Vries’ huge expertise as a Mercedes take a look at driver and a winner in different types of motorsport made him an attractive prospect for AlphaTauri to interchange Alpine-bound Pierre Gasly.
However the 28-year-old has to this point struggled with the group’s underperforming AT04 throughout the primary 5 grands prix, punctuated by a spate of pricey crashes and errors.
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Whereas experiences that De Vries’s future is already beneath risk are believed to be extensive of the mark, the Dutchman nonetheless has to point out enchancment to cease the stress from constructing.
In response to seven-time grand prix winner Montoya, De Vries deserves extra time after a tricky run of avenue circuits, a few of which De Vries had by no means raced at.
“It is not simple coming into F1, however I believe he simply wants a bit extra time,” Montoya advised Autosport.
Nyck de Vries, AlphaTauri AT04
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“I believe when he will get again to Europe, to the tracks he is aware of, I believe it should get higher for him.
“The schedule is troublesome for him as effectively, coming to all these new tracks to start with of the yr, so I believe as soon as we get again to the tracks he is aware of his efficiency ought to get higher.”
When requested if he thinks De Vries can be given that point, given F1’s capricious nature and Crimson Bull chief Helmut Marko’s notoriously robust strategy, two-time Indy 500 winner Montoya replied: “That is the truth of the deal and a part of F1, you have to carry out.
“However nonetheless, he has at the least proven some indicators of excellent performances, so now we have to see a bit in a while and provides him a bit extra time first.”
De Vries and fellow rookie Logan Sargeant are the one drivers left with out factors heading into this weekend’s Monaco GP.
De Vries has outqualified team-mate Yuki Tsunoda simply as soon as and has but to complete forward of the Japanese driver, who claimed the Faenza group’s solely factors with back-to-back Tenth-place finishes in Australia and Azerbaijan.
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