Nyck de Vries has put out a public statement for the first time since he lost his Formula 1 seat two weeks ago.Daniel Ricciardo was announced as de Vries’ replacement at the team following the British Grand Prix.
He took to social media today to provide an update on how he is feeling after losing his job, and also to clarify that any quotes attributed to him since his sacking are not real.
“After recent events, I decided to take some time for myself away from social media, which I will continue to do,” said de Vries.
“I would like to thank Red Bull and Scuderia AlphaTauri for the opportunity to live my dream. Of course it hurts that the F1 chance I dreamed of for so long ended prematurely. But life is not a destination, it’s a journey, and sometimes you have to take the hard road to get where you want to be.
“I am grateful for our privileged lives, proud of our journey and my family. This is just another experience, we move on and look forward to the next chapter.
“Thank you to everyone for your kind and encouraging messages in the past week. It’s been heart-warming to feel your support.”
De Vries also rubbished false quotes attributed to him by other publications, which claimed he said he had been promised a seat alongside Max Verstappen at Red Bull in 2025 and alluded to Lewis Hamilton’s controversial 2021 championship defeat.
“I received some interesting articles about things I’ve said in the last week,” said de Vries. “For clarity, I haven’t spoken to any media and for the time being I’ll enjoy some me time.”
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