What a weekend for de Vries. Edging Sergio Sette Camarâ to the top in Free Practice, de Vries’ pace was even more ominous in qualifying, and a monstrous middle sector – half a second better than anyone else’s – was the key to pole position. His win on Saturday was particularly special, charging into a strong lead at the start and building a gap over Sette Camarâ in the first half. He had some challenges to overcome, namely returning from the pits in traffic and watching his lead melt after a safety car, but de Vries kept his cool and – with the fastest lap already in his pocket – claimed the maximum 31 points available in the Feature Race.
His Sprint Race also oozed quality, and an amazing start allowed him to climb from eighth to third by the first corner. Rising as high as second, tyre degradation started to bite and the Dutchman had to concede podium placings to Lando Norris and Alexander Albon. But that doesn’t take the shine off of his stellar weekend.