Nyck de Vries can experience the 2021 world championship up close. The Dutchman is often present in the Mercedes pit box and he sees two titans competing for this year’s world title.
In conversation with the NOS, De Vries can confirm that Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are far above the rest of the playing field. “Yes, that’s really impressive. It’s a combination of the two best Formula 1 cars and their talent plus skill. Max and Lewis are both driving a super strong season. It’s a very exciting battle. It reminds me a bit of 2008, when Hamilton and Felipe Massa were evenly matched. The title fight was decided in the last seconds,” says the Mercedes test driver.
Smashing final in Abu Dhabi
De Vries does not dare to predict whether his compatriot Verstappen or teammate Hamilton will ultimately win. “Both teams and drivers are so evenly matched. Under normal circumstances, it will be decided at the end of the season in Abu Dhabi. That is ultimately the best thing. That suits this season. It would be a bit anticlimactic if the battle at the The penultimate race of the season in Saudi Arabia is suddenly decided by a flat tire or a technical problem. We are going to see it. At least, I hope so.”
Don’t fight too hard
De Vries is clear on the question whether there is occasionally too much fighting between Red Bull and Mercedes. “No. I do not think that the duel between Max and Lewis is eclipsed by all the discussions. It is part of the fight. I think it is normal. By the way, if you only follow the Dutch media, the coverage is quite colored. But if you also “If you look closely at the international press, the picture is very different. I don’t think anyone crosses borders. I’m sure. No team would risk that. I enjoy that the fight is so intense that it is fought on all fronts.” “