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De Vries assesses F1 chances: It's mostly out of my control

After taking part in two Free Practice 1 sessions in 2022, Nyck de Vries has been reflecting on whether an opportunity may arise for him to land a spot on the F1 grid in the future.

Nyck de Vries feels that there is only so much he can do to boost his chances of claiming an F1 seat in the future, with much of it being beyond his control. The Dutchman has twice taken part in a Free Practice 1 session in 2022; he first got behind the wheel of the Williams at the Spanish Grand Prix weekend, before filling in for Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes in France. De Vries is the reigning Formula E Champion and also acts as a reserve driver for the Silver Arrows but, following his FP1 outing at the Circuit Paul Ricard, Toto Wolff admitted that the team may have to let him go if they are unable to provide him with an "interesting Formula 1 project".

De Vries reflects on F1 chances

When asked whether there is anything he can do to improve his chances of landing an opportunity in Formula 1, de Vries suggested that there is only a limited role he can play in this. "I think in general, Formula 1 is a very dynamic industry and business, and things move very quickly," de Vries told media, including RacingNews365.com . "The only thing I can do is my part, and all the rest is [pretty] much out of my control. So I'll just continue to focus on that, and time will tell where I'll end up."

"You've got to be realistic"

De Vries was further pressed on whether he is at a stage of his career where he needs to decide whether to close the door to F1 forever, given his participation in other categories such as Formula E. "Ultimately, I don't have the answer to that question," the 27-year-old said. "I very much had [the] approach from early on in my career that the only way to make sure you continue your career successfully is to perform on track and to do your best, and that's the only thing I can do. "Of course, we've seen a situation like Brendon [Hartley] coming back to Formula 1 after he's gone off to endurance racing for a little while, so you never know what happens in the future. "But you've got to be realistic and honest and, ultimately, the only thing I can control is what I'm doing on track to an extent, so that's what I've tried to do, and then we'll see."

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