Formula 1

Nyck de Vries opens up about his relationship with new AlphaTauri team mate Yuki Tsunoda

Nyck de Vries has spoken out about his relationship with his new AlphaTauri teammate Yuki Tsunoda ahead of his first full season on the Formula 1 grid, revealing that he has long admired the Japanese driver’s work.
De Vries will replace Pierre Gasly, who has moved to Alpine, at AlphaTauri this year, and will partner Tsunoda, who is in his third season with the Italian team, as he moves up from the reserve driver role he held at Mercedes for two seasons.
“When he was in Formula 2, I was one of his biggest supporters,” De Vries said on F1’s Beyond The Grid podcast podcast. He’s obviously a fun young man who isn’t afraid to express himself. I like watching him.
“He’s extremely gifted and quick. I’m sure we’ll have a great time together, and I’m excited to join him. It’ll be the first time in my career that a teammate is smaller than me, but we still have the same shoe size!” he joked.
“I believe we did some bonding two years ago. We once traveled from Austria with Max [Verstappen]. The Red Bull Ring hosted a marketing event near the track, and I was there for a [European] Le Mans race. We were traveling back to Monaco together ahead of the Grand Prix, so we did some bonding.”
De Vries is returning to work in a country he knows well, having spent time karting there when he was younger, with AlphaTauri based in Faenza, Italy. And the Dutch driver believes he and the team can achieve “great things together”.
“AlphaTauri is a Red Bull sister team, and they share a lot of knowledge and resources, so I think the package and team have a lot of potential if we use those resources to our advantage,” De Vries said.
“The team is headquartered in Italy. I spent a lot of time in Italy while karting, so it just feels like a very welcoming and nice environment. I truly believe we can accomplish great things together, but it will take a good winter preparation to get on top of things, and then we’ll give it our all to achieve the best we can.”
Listen to the full episode of Beyond The Grid with Nyck De Vries above in the audio player, or click here to listen on your favorite podcasting platform.