There will be two Dutch drivers on the Formula 1 grid in 2023 when Nyck de Vries joins the Red Bull stable of drivers at AlphaTauri.
After his successful debut with Williams at the Italian Grand Prix, AlphaTauri Team Principal Franz Tost says that he "can't wait" for De Vries to join the team citing his recent accomplishments as reason for the anticipation.
"He is fast. I know what he has accomplished," said Tost. "I've seen him go karting in 2011 or 2012 and he was already very successful at that time.
"Actually in all categories where he has raced: Formula Renault, GP3, Formula 2 and also Formula E where he was world champion."
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Italian GP influenced De Vries' chances
After getting points in the Williams on his debut, something that took regular driver Nicholas Latifi 18 races to achieve, Tost says the race at Monza had a big influence on whether they went with De Vries.
"This has been very influential as it showed his true potential," said Tost. "He drove a fantastic race and made no mistakes. So it was an easy choice to go for him."
With Pierre Gasly leaving the team to go to Alpine having raced for them for the last three and a half years and achieving a race win at Monza, Tost admits that the team will miss him going forward.
"We are going to miss him very much," he said. "Pierre has done a lot for the team and made sure that we have taken a step forward. We have had a successful period with a win in Monza and podium finishes in Brazil and Baku."
"In addition, he has a good personality. He is very quick, professional and I can only thank him for his superior work with us. I wish him the best."
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