The future of defending Formula E World Champion Nyck de Vries is one of mass speculation at the moment, with the Dutchman rumoured to be replacing Nicholas Latifi at Williams Racing.
Latifi is currently under immense pressure, with the Canadian having underwhelmed in recent months.
Latifi’s future became even more uncertain at the recent Spanish Grand Prix, where Nyck de Vries was used in FP1 instead of his team-mate Alex Albon.
The 27-year-old was used by Williams in one of their two mandated young driver sessions, however, the Dutchman will not be used for their second.
The Mercedes test and reserve driver performed strongly, with Williams’ head of vehicle performance Dave Robson singing the Dutchman’s praises.
“He clearly has what he needs to be an absolute top quality competition driver,” Robson stated.
“He’s worthy of a place on the grid.”
Prior to the recent Formula E race in Jakarta, De Vries discussed his recent FP1 session with the British team.
The Dutch driver found the entire experience “very interesting”, and explained what he learns from these types of opportunities.
“It’s always very interesting to get the opportunity to see inside or behind the scenes of any organisation and particularly a Formula 1 team,” De Vries said.
“It’s interesting to learn and see where people are putting their emphasis and how they are building to a weekend and how they are preparing.
“I think as a racing driver, you learn from all different things you do – driving different cars, being part of different teams and organisations and manufacturers. Every little piece is ultimately making you a more complete racing driver.”
De Vries’ attention may now turn to the ongoing rumours, after a disastrous Jakarta E-prix all but ended his hopes of defending his title.
The Dutchman retired from the race late on, following a collision with Andre Lotterer, leaving the Mercedes EQ driver 56 points behind with eight races remaining.
Before the disappointing E-prix though, De Vries discussed how his current focus is on Formula E and “living in the present”.
“I’m highly motivated and committed to achieving what we [are trying] to do,” De Vries continued.
“I really care about our sport and I have a lot of passion for what we do. So regardless of my future, I obviously want to win and defend the championships.
“There are obviously a lot of rumours and people like to talk about it, but I’m living in the present. And we are in Jakarta now, and we still have eight races to go to make sure it comes our way,” concluded the Dutchman.