2019 FIA Formula 2 Champion Nyck De Vries was given some words of wisdom by championship leader Max Verstappen ahead of the 2022 Italian Grand Prix last weekend. The 27-year-old took Alex Albon’s seat at Williams. Albon suffered from appendicitis and was unable to take part in the Grand Prix. Ahead of the race, Max Verstappen told De Vries to “enjoy” his first race rather than stressing too much about it.
As reported by RacingNews365.com, Verstappen advised De Vries:
Nyck De Vries went on to put up an impressive performance in Monza and secured a P9 finish. He so became the 67th different driver to score a championship point in F1. Speaking to De Telegraaf, Williams team boss Jost Capito described the Dutchman’s debut as a “good audition”:
Lewis Hamilton believes that his 2021 title rival Max Verstappen is “almost unbeatable” in his 2022 challenger. He emphasized that the chances of beating the Red Bull to win a race are rather slim.
As reported by ESPN, the Briton admitted that Mercedes have a significant performance deficit to Red Bull this season:
Max Verstappen currently leads the drivers’ standings and could mathematically win his second consecutive F1 world championship title in the upcoming race in Singapore.
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton is down in sixth in the championship with 168 points. He’s a proper 80 points clear of Lando Norris in seventh and will be looking to mount a stellar attack in Singapore to close the 19-point gap to Carlos Sainz in fifth.
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