Mercedes Formula E driver Nyck de Vries says the sport has established itself as a racing series and is valued by other series.
The defending Formula E champion being tipped as a potential replacement for Lewis Hamilton Should the seven-time world champion decide to leave Mercedes, he believes comparisons to Formula 1 will not do Formula E justice.
Formula E enters its eighth season in Saudi Arabia this weekend and while many ex-Formula 1 drivers compete in the sport, it’s not a reflection of the championship.
“Fundamentally, Formula E has established itself as a racing series. It’s accepted and valued in our motorsport scene,” de Vries told the German website Auto Motor and Sport.
“However, many still compare it to Formula 1, which I don’t think does it justice.”
De Vries is no stranger to Formula 1, having acted as a reserve driver for the Mercedes team and taking part in the end-of-season test in Abu Dhabi last month.
Before this test, he and his teammates and colleagues Mercedes Reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne tested at IndyCar. De Vries drove for Meyer Shank Racing while Vandoorne tested for Arrow McLaren SP.
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In terms of Formula 1 and Formula E, these are two different racing machines.
“For me, these are different championships with very different requirements,” explained De Vries.
“We should see Formula E more as a championship in its own right.
“I’m happy to be there and to be able to fight for victories – after all, that’s why I became a racing driver.”
Mercedes will unveil its new Formula One car, the W13, on February 18, just before pre-season testing begins in Bahrain.