De Vries joins Toyota GAZOO Racing as test and reserve driver

Toyota GAZOO Racing has confirmed that reigning Formula 2 champion Nyck De Vries will join them as its test and reserve driver for the World Endurance Championship.

The 25 year old Dutchman has an impressive track record, being one of the few drivers to claim successive karting world karting titles (in 2010 and 2011).

More recently, he claimed the FIA Formula 2 championship and joined Mercedes-Benz EQ at the start of their Formula E campaign last year.

He is currently driving for the Racing Team Nederlands LMP2 squad in the WEC, having joined them in the 2018-2019 season, where Nyck stands in tenth position in the outgoing LMP2 drivers’ standings.

De Vries participated in the annual WEC rookie test in Bahrain last December, where he completed 43 laps in the TS050 Hybrid LMP1.

De Vries replaces Thomas Laurent’s simulator test session and reserve driver duties, and will now play a part in the development of the 2021 Le Mans Hypercar.

This weekend, he will join his fellow teammates at Circuit Paul Ricard in the TS050 Hybrid where he will dip into the low-downforce aerodynamic package that will be used at the 6 Hours of Spa and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Hisatake Murata, Team President of TGR, said: “I am pleased to welcome Nyck de Vries to TOYOTA GAZOO Racing.

“The feedback following his rookie test in Bahrain was very positive so it’s clear that he has a lot of potential.

“Along with our TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WEC Challenge member Kenta Yamashita, we have two very promising young drivers developing their skills within our team which is exciting for the future.

“I look forward to seeing their progress, and at the same time I wish Thomas Laurent all the best for the future and thank him for his contribution this season.”

De Vries said: “I am really excited to join Toyota GAZOO Racing and work with the team again.

“It’s an honour to be selected as test and reserve driver so I would like to thank the team for this opportunity.

“Driving the TS050 Hybrid in Bahrain was a fantastic experience.

“At the time, I thought it could have been a one-off opportunity so it’s great to know I will be driving the car again, and even more exciting to look ahead to later this year when we start testing the new LMH [Le Mans Hypercar] car.

“I hope to contribute to a successful start to this new era for the team.”