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De Vries to be ‘thrown in the deep’ on FP1 bow

Nyck de Vries is expecting a challenge from the start when he takes over Alex Albon's seat in FP1 in Barcelona this weekend. The reigning Formula E World Champion will take over from Albon in first practice for Williams as part of the team's obligations to run a rookie Formula 1 driver in their car in two sessions this season. But 27-year-old De Vries, a Mercedes reserve, will take part in the session ahead of Williams' own test driver, Roy Nissany, and had been one of the names mooted to replace George Russell for 2022 before the team opted for Red Bull-affiliated Albon. De Vries has taken part in the end-of-season young driver test for Mercedes in Abu Dhabi for the past two seasons, but...
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