Nyck De Vries, who joined AlphaTauri at the start of the season, has struggled to match the pace of his teammate, Yuki Tsunoda. The Dutch driver, who was signed to replace Pierre Gasly, has had a tough start to his F1 career, crashing in his first few races and failing to keep up with Tsunoda’s pace in both qualifying and races. However, De Vries seems to be improving, with a measured drive to 12th place in Monaco after outqualifying Tsunoda for the first time the previous week at the Miami Grand Prix.
Red Bull‘s consultant, Helmut Marko, has expressed satisfaction with De Vries’ performance at Monaco. Marko said that it was by far De Vries’ best weekend for AlphaTauri, adding that Nyck was much closer to Yuki than before. However, Marko also noted that Tsunoda had brake problems again and that the team needed to solve the issue.
Although De Vries is yet to fully match Tsunoda, Red Bull still expects him to do so. According to Marko, the team hoped that De Vries’ extensive experience in F2, Formula E and sportscars would help kickstart his learning process. However, Marko refuted rumours that he had set a deadline for De Vries to show marked improvement before considering a replacement, such as Red Bull junior Liam Lawson, whose star is rising in Japan’s Super Formula. Marko said that there is never a deadline and that they are just watching and looking at the performances.
Before the Monaco Grand Prix, De Vries, who has yet to score points in 2023, acknowledged that his seat was under increased scrutiny. However, he also stated that it was not a shock to him and that it was normal in the industry. De Vries said that as a driver, you always fight for your survival and need to deliver to continue your career forward successfully.
Overall, De Vries seems to be improving and getting closer to Tsunoda’s pace. However, he still has a long way to go to fully match his teammate, and Red Bull will be watching closely to see if he makes progress.