Nyck de Vries issues classy response to Helmut Marko after seeing F1 dream snatched away – “I don’t hold any grudges against either of them”

Nyck de Vries may have been abandoned by the Red Bull group following a slow start to his F1 career with AlphaTauri, but the Dutchman holds no grudges against Helmut Marko.

Marko had issued a series of brutal comments regarding the performance of the rookie and had noticeably amped up the pressure on him to perform during the first half of last season. Eventually, De Vries was unable to deliver and was swiftly replaced by Daniel Ricciardo after just 10 races.

Daniel Ricciardo and Nyck de Vries. Credit:
Daniel Ricciardo and Nyck de Vries. Credit:

Nyck earned his position at AlphaTauri after impressing Marko and the rest of the Red Bull management following a stand-in performance for Williams at the 2022 Italian Grand Prix, but was unable to acclimatise to the rigours of F1 in his first full-time role.

“I didn’t get a lot of it and tried to distance myself from it as much as possible,” De Vries said.

“But at the same time, I can’t say that the decision came as a total surprise. I am not naive. 

“Whether it is fair or just is actually totally irrelevant to me. Nor do I hold any grudge at all towards Helmut Marko or towards Daniel Ricciardo or his temporary replacement Liam Lawson.

“That is part of the business. I am very grateful for the opportunity I have been given.”

Marko has always been known to be a tough person to deal with who always demands the utmost from his drivers. The Austrian was often critical of Nyck’s performances. Following the British Grand Prix, for example, Marko slammed the insipid start Nyck had made to his F1 career.

“There’s no one available who could replace Perez. He performs well in the races, in contrast to Nyck de Vries,” Marko had said.

While being a tough taskmaster may have worked with certain types of drivers, it didn’t turn out quite that way with Nyck. On his own part, Marko did not feel he went overboard in his criticism.

“What’s brutal about it when the performance isn’t right?” Marko said.

“We made the move with De Vries because stagnation set in. There was no progress and he didn’t meet expectations. He just didn’t fit.

“He is already 28, he has a lot of experience and knowledge that he gained by driving the cars of different Formula One teams as a test driver. In my opinion, Nyck cannot be considered a rookie.”

Since then, De Vries has ensured that his racing career doesn’t get hampered by this setback in F1 and has announcing a switch to the Mahindra Formula E team.

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