Nyck De Vries impressed this weekend at Monza, finishing ninth in the race after being told on Saturday morning that he would have to replace Alex Albon. However, he had been summoned to the stewards after the race.
Indeed, the Dutchman took advantage of the fact that he was in the safety car regime to check some points on his car, and braked straight ahead in front of Guanyu Zhou, who was forced to overtake him to avoid the Williams and get away with it. .complained on the radio.
The team then apologized to the Dutchman and asked him to catch up with the row of drivers in front of him. And this is what was raised with the stewards, who explained that he was the victim of brake problems.
Also, it was his engineer who had asked him to slow down to respect the mandatory time delta in the framework of the slow linked to neutralization. This therefore made it possible to avoid a penalty, especially as the team also took advantage of the driver’s lack of experience behind the wheel of the FW44. As for him, the pilot admits that he suffered physically.
“I can assure you that my shoulders are hanging. When the safety car came out, everything relaxed and I told myself that I would not get over it. I did not mind finishing behind the safety car, but it would have been good too. I had problems, especially In the shoulders! DeVries said.
Williams F1 ‘did the right thing’ to target points
However, the experience was exceptional for those who were making their racing debut: “I guess I still don’t realize it, I loved the race today, I had a good time, I enjoyed it. I didn’t sleep, I was very nervous, especially this morning. But the closer we got to the race, the more excited and happy I was.”
“I’m happy to have had this opportunity and to have done something successful. I know the DNFs and grid penalties helped us, but we also did the right thing, and I’m proud of that, I’m happy about that.”
De Vries explains the challenge of adapting to a car that he had not driven since May, and which he discovered in much more stressful conditions, with the obligation to put in a fast lap in qualifying and fight in the peloton during the race.
“It might not look like a win. But it’s been a great weekend. Especially since I only found out half an hour before the start of the third free practice that I’d be driving. It all happened in a flash. But maybe that’s a good thing.” You don’t have time to think and then go with the flow and do your job.”
“I used the tools on board the car to influence its behavior a bit for me. It was something I didn’t really know. I was constantly asking the team how I should do it with the differential, brake balance and they gave me the instructions to do it. , but in the end it was me in the car who had to feel what I needed to handle the situation.
Latifi: We don’t have a car to race
Nicholas Latifi hovered in the shadow of his fellow rookie throughout the weekend, and the Canadian had a rocky start to the race. Frustrated at being caught between two cars, he laments that the drivers who overtook him off the track were not penalized.
“We were compromised at the beginning, we were stuck between several cars, I tried to avoid getting on. Then several cars cut the first corner and they were not penalized. the Canadian gets angry.
“Ca a compromis ma course car je suis me retrouvé à être la première voiture hors de position, toutes les voitures rapides ont pu m’attaquer. And I thought that l’on s’est arrêtés trop tôt, mais la course était finie dès the match.”
Probably not finding reasons for satisfaction, and possibly feeling his days numbered at Williams, Latifi does not hesitate to transfer the responsibility for his performance to an FW44 that, according to him, is very useless.
“I don’t know what my pace was in the clear air, but I have to say that with the car we had to try to keep the position and defend ourselves. But if we wanted to come back, our car is not there.” It’s not a car you can race in.”
“It’s quick on the straights but you can’t brake or hold speed in the corners. It’s good to fight with some cars but we were drastically lacking in downforce so it wasn’t easy.
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