Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff, was delighted with the performance of Nyck de Vries, who replaced Alex Albon. De Vries impressed on his debut, and Wolff only had words of praise for him; “I like him. He is just a good young man,” Wolff said as quoted by crash.net “He’s not only fast and has shown that in the junior categories, but he is also intelligent and a good team player, that is why he deserved it here.
I don’t think that anyone else could have possibly done a better job in what he did. “You are in an Aston Martin, you are driving around with a rake and then you are being drafted in at the last minute in a different car, you are beating your team-mate by quite a margin, you are starting eighth and you finish ninth”.
de Vries was delighted with his performance and happy that things turned out the way they did. “Yeah, I mean any time you’re in the car you’re expected to do a good job,” de Vries added. “And any time you get a chance to drive a Formula 1 car it is a kind of job interview and an audition.
You’ve got to take those opportunities, but you’ve also got to use them sensibly because there’s always a trade-off of doing too much and too little. “But I am just grateful that it worked out well and played into our hands.
We took some points and it was a great performance. And no one can take that away from us”.
Capito was also satisfied with what this great driver did and answered the Motorsport reporter's question: is anything else De Vries can do to stake a claim for a seat next year, Capito replied: : "No, there is nothing else he has to do.
He has other commitments as well, isn't it? "He did an absolutely outstanding job and I rate him extremely high. That's why my expectations are extremely high and he overfulfilled these. "It's so difficult to get in that car to race for two hours and do the qualifying and not doing any mistake and not driving on its own.
"He had to defend he had attack. He had to get lapped and not doing a mistake, then he had to do the pitstop is just so complicated, and it's outstanding job." This young man is a great prospect