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Williams: De Vries has “nothing else to accomplish” to stake claim on 2023 F1 seat

De Vries was called up by Williams shortly prior to the Italian Grand Prix’s FP3 session to displace Alex Albon, who was simply taken ill with appendicitis.

The former Formula 2 and Formula E champion immediately impressed at Monza by outqualifying Albon’s regular teammate Nicholas Latifi and following a barrage of gird penalties he started eighth alongside fellow Dutchman Max Verstappen.

De Vries backed that up with a flawless performance on Sunday, keeping his position in the midfield DRS train and successfully defending his position to clinch ninth, earning two valuable points for Williams.

It emphasised De Vries’ credentials to dominate Latifi’s seat for 2023, with Capito acknowledging he’s got overdelivered.

When asked by Motorsport.com when there is other things De Vries can perform to stake a claim for a seat next year, Capito replied: “No, you’ll find nothing else he’s got to do. He’s got other commitments aswell, isn’t it?

“He did a truly outstanding job and I rate him extremely high. That is why my expectations are really high and he overfulfilled these.

“It’s so hard to get for the reason that car to race for just two hours and do the qualifying rather than doing any mistake rather than driving alone.

“He previously to defend he previously attack. He previously to obtain lapped rather than performing a mistake, he then had to accomplish the pitstop is merely so complicated, and it’s really outstanding job.”

By pointing at De Vries’ existing commitments, Capito suggested that the ball is currently in the 27-year-old’s camp on whether he’ll drive for the team in 2023.

But having an Alpine seat also shared, it remains to be observed whether Williams is his greatest chance for next year.

Nyck de Vries, Williams FW44

Nyck de Vries, Williams FW44

Photo by: Williams

De Vries joked following the race he “may need to make a Powerpoint” to market his services.

“And if you get a possiblity to drive a Formula 1 car this is a kind of appointment and an audition,” he added.

When pressed further on De Vries’ availability for 2023, Capito said: “I have no idea, you need to ask him what his contractual situations are.

“You’ve just seen how messy it could be, and we have been not known to be messy.

“I’m not doing hypothetical things, so I’m only thinking about facts. If the reality is there, then there could be solutions…”

De Vries happens to be contracted to Toyota’s World Endurance Championship squad as a reserve driver with a view to landing a racing seat in 2023, as the 2020-21 FE champion in addition has been associated with a proceed to Maserati now his current team Mercedes is taking out of the electric championship.

He’ll be on call again in three weeks’ time at the Singapore Grand Prix, in the event Albon hasn’t sufficiently recovered from his appendicitis surgery.

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On Monday Williams announced Albon experienced respiratory failure following the procedure, with the Thai driver needing to spending some time in intensive care.

But with Albon set to be discharged from hospital on Tuesday, the team hopes he’ll have the ability to recover with time.

“Alex’s full focus is on recovery and preparation prior to the Singapore Grand Prix later this month,” it stated on Monday.

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