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Nyck de Vries

De Vries 'not shocked' by exit rumours: 'I've made too many mistakes'

Nyck de Vries believes that he has made "too many mistakes" in the early stages of the 2023 season, and admits that he has not been surprised by the comments made by Red Bull's Helmut Marko.

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Nyck de Vries insists that he has not been surprised by the 'normal' high-demand comments regarding his Formula 1 future made by Red Bull's Helmut Marko.

With the Dutchman struggling to match the results of teammate Yuki Tsunoda in his first few races as an AlphaTauri driver, pressure has been mounting on the Formula E champion.

Coupled with clumsy incidents that have scuppered his chances of respectable race results, de Vries has been given the hurry-up by Red Bull's Motorsport Advisor in recent weeks.

Speaking ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, de Vries insisted that he was unsurprised by the pressurised comments, but believes the situation to be no different from the start of the year.

"It's not a shock to me. It's normal, it's this industry, it's always been like that, in Red Bull and in Formula One," de Vries told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"I genuinely believe that it's no different than earlier in the season. You've always got to perform, you've always got to deliver, and it's been like that throughout my whole career.

"I think as a driver, you always kind of fight for your survival, and you always need to deliver to continue your career forward successfully. It's how it's always been.

"You might not believe me when I say it, but I honestly don't think there is more pressure than there has been at any other time."

De Vries: 'Too many mistakes'

Having impressed on his F1 debut for Williams in 2022, de Vries was handed an AlphaTauri drive for 2023.

But the 28-year-old has increased the pressure on himself through a series of errors in the opening races, including race-ending damage from wall contact at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, and front wing damage at Turn 1 of the Miami Grand Prix.

"I definitely think that I personally have made too many mistakes. I will admit that very openly," added de Vries.

"I also believe that the pace has been strong at several moments, and that kind of encourages me and gives me confidence, but I haven't been able to execute it at the end and haven't been able to put it together. But I do believe the speed has been kind of there.

"But equally, I have made too many mistakes to turn that into a result. But that's kind of a part of the learning process you go through and sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't.

"We're all human, we make mistakes, and we move on."

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