Mercedes reserve driver Nyck de Vries is unable to practice on the Williams simulator due to Brexit. The Dutchman made his F1 debut for the English team at Monza, scoring points on debut despite having an otherwise weak car.
Nyck de Vries replaced Alex Albon at Williams at the 2022 F1 Italian GP, instantly turning heads thanks to his stellar performance. The Dutchman scored world championship points on debut, a feat that has garnered praise from the entire F1 community.
With Albon’s return to the 2022 F1 Singapore GP still uncertain, many want the 27-year-old Dutch driver to race for Williams once again. Due to the complications of Brexit, however, the driver failed to gain access to the Williams headquarters in the UK.
de Vries was traveling between countries without a passport as many countries in the EU are in the Schengen Area, where residents can freely travel between countries. Even before Brexit, however, the UK was not a member of this arrangement and since October 2021, a passport has been required for entry into the country.
As a result, the Dutchman had to return home and missed out on valuable simulator time with Williams.
Dutch racing driver Tom Coronel believes that Nyck De Vries’ glorious F1 debut at the 2022 F1 Italian GP proves that the 27-year-old was “made to race”. Coronel emphasized that while his compatriot has plenty of offers on the table, the opportunity to officially race in F1 would trump all other forms of competitive racing.
Speaking to Max Verstappen’s sponsor Viaplay, Coronel said:
With Nicholas Latifi set to leave Williams at the end of the year, many are hoping for a drive for the Formula E driver. With the world of F1 being notoriously ruthless, however, there is still no clarity regarding Nyck de Vries’ future in the sport.
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