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Nyck De Vries made an impressive appearance for Williams in FP1 at the Spanish GP, replacing Alex Albon for the weekend's opening session.

The Dutchman's session was respectable, setting a faster overall lap time than Nicholas Latifi and garnering praise from Williams for his consistency and adaptability.

One of those to compliment De Vries was Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance at Williams, who gave his thoughts on De Vries to

"His pace was there. His ability to understand the tyre and do the out-lap correctly was really impressive.

And then, after that, his feedback post-session was extremely good. He had some very useful comments on the balance of the car, which agrees quite well with what we've heard from the two race drivers.

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So, I think in that regard, considering he only gets an hour in the car, I think he did a really good job and has what he needs to be an absolutely top quality competition driver. 

Yeah, he's worthy of a place on the grid, I think, but so many people are. I think he took his opportunity well yesterday, and I think he should be you should be pleased and proud of what he did."

It would be a stretch to suggest De Vries is guaranteed an F1 seat after his FP1 run with Williams, but he certainly gave a good account of himself as the team decides on their 2023 driver pairing. 

Alex Albon has been a valuable asset for the Williams team this year, so his position at the team seems more than safe. Still, Nicholas Latifi has struggled for performance and results in 2022, which will surely leave an opening for the likes of De Vries to enter F1 next season. 

De Vries has previously denied rumours linking him to a Williams drive, but considering the Formula E Champion was linked to an F1 seat at the height of contract negotiations last year, it would be unsurprising to see his name in the mix again.