In a surprising move during the summer break of 2023, AlphaTauri parted ways with Nyck de Vries, who had participated in only 11 races in the pinnacle of motorsport.
The conclusion of de Vries’ Formula 1 journey, which commenced in Monza 2022, took a tragic turn. Having made a notable debut with Williams, stepping in for Alex Albon, he was later chosen by AlphaTauri for a full-time role alongside Yuki Tsunoda in the anticipated 2024 season.
Concerns Raised by Racing Expert Tom Coronel
Dutch racing driver turned Formula 1 pundit, Tom Coronel, vehemently opposes the decision to dismiss his compatriot. Coronel asserts that de Vries struggled not due to his own abilities but primarily because of the subpar performance of his car, which he bluntly referred to as a “toilet on wheels.”
“Ricciardo performed well straight away, but in those races things could have gone the right way for Nyck too. He just needed a little more time. I firmly believe that things would have gone well for him too. Let’s not forget that the car he had was a toilet on wheels,” Coronel emphasized.
Despite the setback, Nyck de Vries remains undeterred, immediately returning to full-time racing in 2024. He has rejoined the Formula E series, marking a comeback following his previous championship victory before his Formula One stint.
Nyck de Vries’ Dual Commitment: WEC and Formula E
Following his abrupt departure from AlphaTauri just ten races into the 2023 season, de Vries found himself without an F1 seat for 2024, prompting him to explore opportunities in other series.
Fortuitously, his former team Mahindra, with whom he previously secured the Formula E title, offered him a seat for the 2024 season. Additionally, de Vries inked a deal with Toyota Gazoo Racing to compete in the 2024 WEC season.
Addressing concerns about managing both series simultaneously, de Vries, who successfully navigated Formula 2 and the WEC in LMP2, expressed confidence in his ability to handle the demanding schedule.
“I’ve always said that the more you drive, the better it is. I also previously combined Formula 2 with the WEC [in LMP2], and later also Formula E and the WEC, and changing between those was fine,” shared de Vries.
Teaming up with seasoned drivers Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi at Toyota Gazoo Racing, Nyck de Vries sets his sights on an immediate title charge upon his return to the series. Notably, he has emphasized his priority of securing a victory at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans over the WEC championship.