September 28, 2019 / 5:00 PM / 25 days ago

De Vries wins Formula Two title

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Formula E-bound Dutch driver Nyck De Vries clinched the 2019 Formula Two title at the Russian Grand Prix with three races to spare on Saturday.

The 24-year-old, in his third season in the series, won the Sochi feature race from pole position to put the championship beyond the reach of closest challenger, Canadian Nicholas Latifi.

“My future’s kind of been announced lately, so I really just wanted to come into this weekend and prove that we deserve to be the champions,” the ART team driver said.

While Latifi is tipped to step up to Formula One next season with Williams, De Vries is joining Mercedes in the all-electric Formula E series alongside former McLaren F1 racer Stoffel Vandoorne.

De Vries was part of the McLaren young driver programme until this year.

Last year’s F2 champion was British driver George Russell, now at Williams, while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc won the F1 feeder series in 2017.

Writing by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Clare Fallon

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