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F1 | Franz Tost on signing De Vries: "He's fast. I know his history"

Franz Tost opened up on the reasons why Alpha Tauri chose De Vries to replace Gasly for the upcoming season.

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F1 | Franz Tost on signing De Vries: "He's fast. I know his history"
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Last weekend in Japan, Alpine announced Gasly as their new driver for the 2023 season. Shortly after, AlphaTauri announced De Vries as Gasly´s replacement.

De Vries clearly impressed everyone after his stunning performance in Monza when he replaced Albon. Asked on why they chose De Vries to team up with Yuki Tsunoda, Franz Tost explained he´s been following De Vries career development and he is clearly fast.

“Because he's fast. I know his history. I saw him in karting, he won, I think it was 2010 and ’11, the European and the World Championship in karting, and then he was really successful. In all the categories where he raced. He won in Formula Renault, he won in GP3, he won in Formula 2 and also he won the Formula E World Championship, and therefore I think he is a very high-skilled driver, and he deserves to be in Formula 1, and we are really looking forward to having him in our car.”

Tost explained De Vries super debut in Monza was an important factor to make their decision but not the only one.

“This had a great influence because it showed his potential. He drove a fantastic race, did not make any mistakes. And therefore, it was an easy decision to take him.

“Monza was important, but it was not an eye opener because Nyck was on the radar also before and the special circumstances that other drivers left the teams then that Red Bull also decided not to race with Pierre Gasly from 2024 onwards, this is what they announced, all these components together brought us to the decision that Nyck DeVries is the best possibility and that he will fit quite well to the team.”

Franz Tost had only nice words to talk about Gasly´s years with the team, praising his driving qualities and personality.

“We will miss him a lot because Pierre put a lot of effort into the team and he brought the team forward. We had a very successful time together, not only the win in Monza but also his podium finishes in São Paulo or in Baku, and he's a good character. He is a fast driver. He is very professional. And I can only say thank you to him for his superb job with us and wish him a successful future.”

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