Nyck de Vries graduates from LMP2 to LMP1.
The young Dutchman who won last year’s Forumula 2 championship will now join Toyota as their test & reserve driver.
The Vries with his new car: the Toyota TS050 Hybrid. ©Toyota Motorsport GmbH
The 25-year old earned his new job with an outstanding performance in the TS050 during the WEC-rookie test last December. In words of Toyota he “displayed maturity, intelligence and team spirit”.
De Vries especially stood out in the FIA Formula 2 championship where he is the reigning champion. He scored 8 race wins and over 500 points between 2017 and 2019.
It was rumoured that the former McLaren F1 Junior had to battle for the McLaren F1 race seat with Lando Norris over the 2018 season, whoever finished first got the seat.
That season he finished 4th, only 17 points behind Norris who became vice-champion.
A year later, De Vries won the championship with a 52-points lead after 12 rounds.
Besides WEC, De Vries also competes in the FIA Formula E championship for Mercedes.
Already taking a 5th and a 6th place finish in the first opening races.
WEC 2018-2019: De Vries in his debut season in WEC with the Racing Team Nederland Dallara P 217 ©Rick Kiewiet