Wehrlein’s grievance appeared to be justified as the stewards agreed that De Vries was the man at fault. Bizarrely, he received a retrospective five-second time penalty despite being retired in the garage.
De Vries stayed tight-lipped on the incident after the race, responding: “What can I say? Everyone is allowed to say what they want to say. Everyone is making a big deal of it but I don’t know.”
The Dutchman won the Formula E championship in 2021, which put him on the radar of several F1 teams including Williams as he eyed a step up to F1. But competition for a drive in the pinnacle of motorsport means that it is difficult to lock down a seat.
However, his fortunes and misdemeanours on the track this season saw him finish in ninth place in the Drivers’ standings, capping a disappointing campaign for the 27-year-old.