De Vries: Everyone walks their own path

De Vries: Everyone walks their own path

De Vries: Everyone walks their own path

Nyck de Vries cannot be bothered by the fact that his Formula 1 career will start at the age of 28, insisting every driver walks his own path towards top flight.

With the average age of F1 drivers being lower than ever these days, De Vries would be considered to be joining the sports on the higher end of the age scale, currently 27 and becoming 28 before making his debut with AlphaTauri in the 2023 season.

The Dutchman turned heads at the 2022 Italian Grand Prix at Monza back in September when he filled in for the ill Alex Albon at Williams scoring points on his F1 debut.

That set him on the path of securing a full-time F1 drive in 2023, and indeed he was scooped by AlphaTauri, replacing the Alpine-bound  Pierre Gasly.

Speaking to the Beyond the Grid Podcast, De Vries brushed off any concerns regarding joining F1 at the age of 28; he said: “Everyone walks their own path.

“So regardless of my age or how I got here, I think it’s almost irrelevant. I think getting the opportunity when the time is right is all that matters in the end.

Happy the chance to join F1 came now

“For me personally, it’s obviously been a rollercoaster journey and it does feel even – kind of – better to now get the chance,” the driver added.

“At times I probably would have thought it would have been less likely to ever [realise] my dream, but at the same time, I never really gave up on it.”

Looking back on where things started, Monza, De Vries reflected: “[Monza] was very overwhelming, [but] at the same time, I think my experience and maturity helped me remain very grounded.

“It was a great experience and I’m very grateful for everything that happened that weekend,” he admitted.

De Vries will be joining Yuki Tsunoda next season at AlphaTauri, and as it turns out, he is a big fan of the Japanese driver.

“When he [Tsunoda] was in F2 I was one of his biggest supporters. He’s obviously an entertaining young guy and he’s not afraid to speak his opinion. I enjoy watching him,” De Vries revealed.

“He’s very talented and very quick. I’m sure we’ll have a great time together, and I look forward to joining him. It’ll be the first time in my career I’ll have smaller teammate than me!

“But we figured we still have the same shoe size!” the 2019 Formula 2 and 2021 Formula E Champion joked.