Acknowledging that just doing the job is not always “enough” to make it into F1, Formula 2 champ Nyck de Vries says he is not bitter about missing out on a 2020 race seat.
Despite winning the Formula 2 title with races to spare, De Vries was passed over by the Formula 1 teams for a drive.
Instead the Dutch racer turned to Formula E, securing a race seat with the new Mercedes EQ team.
But while De Vries missed out on F1, Formula 2 runner-up Nicholas Latifi has been signed by the Williams team.
De Vries insists he is not bitter about it.
He told Racer: “I had a personal target.
“I wanted to win this season to make a point to show the world that we as a team had the capability to win this, but at the same time I know this world is not so straightforward.
“Things change quickly.
“There’s a lot of things that play a role in actually making it to Formula 1 and not just delivering the job is enough.
“I accept that, I’m aware of that.
“I’m a realistic person and I’ve no hard feelings towards that.”
As for Latifi’s promotion, De Vries said: “I’m very happy for Nicholas Latifi who will get the opportunity, he did a good season too, he finished second, he did a good job, and I think he deserves his chance.
“I got an opportunity in Formula E with Mercedes-Benz EQ and I’m super happy and grateful with it, and I’ll do everything I can to make it a successful story together.”