• "I’m most looking forward to Vancouver and Jakarta."

Nyck, you are going into Season 8 as the defending champion. Will that give you another bit of a boost?

For sure! I’m really looking forward to Season 8. A new season is always a new challenge and being the reigning champion will make it really special, so I’m excited at the prospect of going racing again and being in a position to defend our championship titles. 

And will we be seeing start number 1 on your car?

No one has said anything to me about that yet but if asked, I’ll tell them I want to keep number 17. 

Nyck de Vries sitting in the pitlane during the Valencia test, holding his helmet

The format used previously in qualifying often made it tricky for top world championship contenders to qualify well up the field. What do you expect from the new format?

The new qualifying format appears to be extremely promising. It definitely looks like it’s going to be more equal and fairer for everyone, so I would certainly give it a big thumbs-up. We’ll have to wait and see how things go in the end and find out for ourselves, but it definitely looks really good and I welcome it whole- heartedly. I’m fairly certain that it will make for a more equal championship that everyone will enjoy following, because in the final analysis, Formula E is close enough and doesn’t need any unpredictable extra external factors to make it exciting. 

Nyck de Vries`Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 standing in the pitlane in Valencia

The power available to Gen2 cars in the race and power in Attack Mode are being increased for Season 8. What effect do you think that will have on races?

Power available in races is set to alter next season, but I don’t think it will change our situation much. However, it will put more stress on the rear tyres in particular, which could potentially lead to managing tyres in races being given a little extra importance alongside all the other things that need thinking about. 

Nyck de Vries standing in the box putting his earpiece in

What’s the secret behind getting the most out of Attack Mode in races?

There’s no secret to getting the best out of Attack Mode. I think it very much depends on the different scenarios, meaning, where you are on the track, who you are fighting, how much energy you have, how much energy your competitors have, where you are in the race and so on. Are you still at the start or is the end in sight? Is it a circuit where having plenty of energy is crucial or not. There are many variables that influence the thought processes behind strategy and whether to launch Attack Mode. It’s not just about Attack Mode per se. To all intents and purposes, it can be compared to pit stops in other race series. It’s an important strategic element that requires a great deal of careful thought. You have to be meticulous in your analysis and go through all the different scenarios and options before finally deciding on what’s best at that particular moment in time. 

Nyck de Vries sitting in the pitlane during the Valencia test, looking at some documents

Are you looking forward to, hopefully, having more races this season and to racing at new venues and getting to know different circuits all around the world?

I’m most looking forward to Vancouver and Jakarta. They are both unique as venues, obviously Jakarta was already on the initial calendar for Season 7, but unfortunately, we couldn’t go there due to circumstances. I’m really looking forward to both circuits and think it’s mega exciting that our championship can continue to grow with racing in all these interesting cities. It’s great to be back in the cities. I’m pretty certain that the championship will be good in many ways, on the sporting side with the new qualifying format but also with the excitement that these new venues will generate. 

Nyck de Vries sitting in his mercedes-eq silver arrow 02 with his helmet on

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