Former Formula E champion Nyck de Vries is set to make a re-entry into the all-electric racing series following an unsatisfactory stint at Formula One. De Vries will be rejoining Mahindra Racing, an Indian-owned team, in the upcoming season, as confirmed by the team on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old Dutch talent had a taste of Formula One in ten grand prix representating Red Bull‘s AlphaTauri, but unfortunately, failed to score a single point this season. Consequently, he was replaced with the veteran Australian driver, Daniel Ricciardo.
The dissolution of de Vries’ Formula One career is preceded by a high note when he debuted for Williams. In his first Formula One race as a replacement for an ailing Alex Albon at the Italian Grand Prix, he proved his mettle by finishing in the ninth position, thereby earning points.
Delving into his future endeavours, Mahindra team has confirmed signing him for a multi-year contract. De Vries will be accompanying Edoardo Mortara, of Swiss origin, for the tenth season of Formula E, which will kick off in Mexico City come January.
The teams are just about to commence pre-season testing in Valencia, Spain, which is scheduled to start next month. This will mark de Vries’ return to a format he is deeply familiar with as his comments suggest.
Reflecting on his resurrection in his old setup, de Vries said, “Coming back to Formula E will feel like coming home”. Being a part of the Formula E for three seasons, he expressed his familiarity with the environment and his enthusiasm about returning to a formula that he had always enjoyed.