De Vries eager to enter the battlefield: ‘Hopefully there will be opportunities for us’

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De Vries eager to enter the battlefield: ‘Hopefully there will be opportunities for us’

Nyck de Vries is eager to re-enter the battlefield of Jeddah after his disappointing qualification. The Dutchman hopes that there will be opportunities for the team to gain many positions. De Vries was unable to drive in the third free practice due to an engine change, and also did not have a flawless qualifying session. In any case, the 28-year-old recognizes that a lot can happen during the race and therefore sees no reason to throw in the towel.

De Vries indicated after qualifying that he was lagging behind the facts all Saturday afternoon. Due to an engine change, the car remained in the garage during third free practice and the battery was not fully charged in qualifying. De Vries acknowledges that that is quite difficult on a circuit like that in Jeddah. “You have to be aggressive right away in qualifying, otherwise you will never get there,” the Dutchman told De Telegraaf. “I didn’t have any extra power because of the battery problem, so I lost a lot on the straights, especially in sector 3.”

De Vries had expected that Q2 would be in it, especially without the problems with the battery. “I’m not saying I would have made it otherwise, but I would have come close anyway,” says the AlphaTauri driver. “On a track like this you never know. Hopefully there will be opportunities for us to gain positions,” the 28-year-old continues. Regardless of the problems, De Vries enjoys the unique circuit in the desert. “When the car is at its lightest and fastest, you drive around with a top feeling. This circuit is super cool for a driver. Still, I am disappointed. It just didn’t quite come together.”

The atmosphere at AlphaTauri is still good: ‘Everyone is professional and motivated’

The atmosphere within the Italian racing team is good anyway. “Every team on the grid probably thinks it can and should be better, except perhaps Red Bull,” the Dutchman laughs. De Vries is not afraid that the statements made by team boss Franz Tost about the engineers and the lap times will cause disaster within the team. ‘Certainly not. Everyone is busy looking for the weaknesses and improving the strengths. Everyone is professional and motivated’, concludes De Vries.

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