After weeks of speculation it is finally official, Nyck de Vries will join the Formula 1 grid next season having signed with AlphaTauri.
A Mercedes-backed driver, racing for the company in Formula E, De Vries has been on the fringes of Formula 1 for the past few years as the team’s test and reserve driver.
That link saw him handed his big break at the Italian Grand Prix when he was called up by Williams to replace Alex Albon.
The Dutchman not only out-qualified his team-mate Nicholas Latifi but scored points, only Williams’ fourth top-ten of the season.
His performances caught the attention of the paddock, but with only a few seats remaining, De Vries himself admitted it wasn’t looking too good until Helmut Marko stepped in.
After weeks of talks De Vries’ deal was confirmed on Saturday morning in Suzuka – just moments after Alpine confirmed Gasly.
“I’m extremely excited to be joining Scuderia AlphaTauri for 2023,” said de Vries, “and I want to thank both Red Bull and the team for giving me the opportunity to drive in F1.
“After F2, I took a slightly different path with motorsport, but F1 has always been my dream and I’m grateful to be able to fulfil it.
“I’ve had a lot of chances to experience the 2022 car this year and I think that has put me in a great position for the upcoming season, I hope this has helped to prepare me for what is to come.
“Having spent most of my teenage years in Italy for karting, I’ve always felt at home there, so for me it’s great to be joining an Italian team, that already has a real family feel, and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and to start to build our relationship before the next season.”
— Scuderia AlphaTauri (@AlphaTauriF1) October 8, 2022
Team boss Franz Tost has welcomed the 27-year-old’s signing, a move away from the norm for AlphaTauri who usually field Red Bull’s next generation of junior drivers.
“We are pleased to start a new chapter with Nyck, who’s very much welcome at Scuderia AlphaTauri,” said Tost.
“He is a very high skilled driver, as he won in all the categories he competed in, with many races and championships under his belt.
“His last big success was winning the Formula E World Championship, and this is clear evidence that he is a very competitive driver, who deserves a seat in F1.
“I am looking forward to seeing him in our car and I’m confident that with Yuki and Nyck we will have a very strong driver line up for 2023.”
De Vries will race alongside Yuki Tsunoda at the AlphaTauri Formula 1 team in 2023.