Toyota Gazoo Racing signs Nyck de Vries as team’s reserve and test driver
Toyota Gazoo Racing has announced that Dutchman Nyck de Vries will join the team for the remainder of its 2019-2020 FIA WEC campaign - and also the 2021 season - as the squad’s official reserve and test driver.
De Vries has an impressive track record in motorsport, having been crowned FIA Formula 2 champion in 2019, whilst establishing himself as a front-runner in the LMP2 category of WEC with Racing Team Nederland – winning the Fuji round, and finishing on the podium at both Silverstone and Bahrain.
Alongside his new team-mates, De Vries will take to the cockpit of the TS050 HYBRID this week at a test in Paul Ricard, sampling the low-downforce aerodynamic package which will be used at Spa and Le Mans.
This will not be the first time De Vries has driven the LMP1 car – the 25-year-old took part in the WEC rookie test in Bahrain last December, completing 43 laps in the TS050 HYBRID.
We are proud and happy to welcome a new test and reserve driver to our @fiawec line-up. @FIA_F2 champion @nyckdevries will be testing the #TS050 HYBRID and Le Mans Hypercar in the 2019-2020 and 2021 seasons.— TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WEC (@Toyota_Hybrid) July 6, 2020
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