Toyota Gazoo Racing welcomes the arrival of Nyck de Vries replacing Thomas Laurent as test-pilot and reserve driver in the FIA World Endurance Championship for the rest of the season 2019-2020 and for the season 2021.
The dutchman, 25, has impressed the team of the House of japan on the occasion of the rookie test of the WEC in Bahrain last December, completing 43 laps with the TS050 HYBRID.
De Vries can boast a title of the champion of Formula 2 in 2019, in addition to having established itself as a leader in the LMP2 category of the WEC with the Racing Team Nederland. She also participated in the Formula And with the team Mercedes-Benz EQ.
Will be back in the cockpit of the TS050 HYBRID this week for testing at the Paul Ricard circuit, to test the aerodynamic package that will be used at Spa and Le Mans. In addition to the test track, the new role includes simulator tests and a responsibility in the development of the new Le Mans Hypercar that will compete in season 2021.
“I’m really excited to be part of the Toyota Gazoo Racing and will work again with the team; it is an honor to be selected as a test-pilot and reserve driver, then I would like to thank the team for this opportunity. Drive the TS050 HYBRID in Bahrain was a fantastic experience. At the time, I thought it could be a unique opportunity, so it is nice to know that I drive again the car, and even more exciting to watch in the second half of the year when we start to test the new car LMH. I hope to contribute to a positive beginning to this new era for the team,” said De Vries.