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Nyck de Vries

De Vries sets AlphaTauri target after Canada struggles

Can de Vries and AlphaTauri bounce back at the Austrian Grand Prix and take advantage of the Sprint format to secure his first points of the season.

De Vries Canada
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Nyck de Vries is hoping AlphaTauri will soon be fighting for F1 points again after a difficult weekend for the team at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Dutchman, who is one of two drivers in the field yet to score a point this season alongside fellow rookie Logan Sargeant, had a challenging race in Montreal having clashed with Kevin Magnussen on Lap 36.

Both drivers ended up in the run-off area after de Vries' attempted move into Turn 4 and, whilst able return to the track without significant damage, de Vries was unable to improve on 18th - the last of those still running.

But as well as the time lost through his off-track excursion, de Vries feels that the team were generally lacking in performance at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

De Vries on AlphaTauri's performance

"I think as a team we're just lacking a little bit overall in terms of competitiveness and pace," de Vries told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"We'll see where we can improve and come back at the Red Bull Ring.

"Quite a few of our competitors brought updates for this weekend, so we need to see and understand where we are relative to them and hopefully we'll be back [in the fight soon]."

Prospects for Austria

When asked about his prospects for this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix, de Vries refrained from making a prediction: "Our competitors brought some updates [in Canada], we were pretty competitive in the past two weekends, so it felt like [we were] maybe lacking a little bit [during the Canadian GP weekend].

"We'll see what we can learn and improve for the next one, and hopefully we'll be back to fight for points."

F1 2023 Austrian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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