Nah, I know you've posted this in the F2 thread too but I've gotta disagree there, Russell, Albon and Norris were the clear class of the field in 2018 and that's why they're all in F1 now. Maybe De Vries was as fast on his day, but for so many reasons it took him until the summer to join the dots.
Given that it was his second year (third in the second tier as he had a year in FR3.5 too) and that he was in a Prema, I don't think 2018 will go down as a classic when he's looking back over his career. Alongside his ill-fate drop to GP3 in 2016.
But on the flipside, in 2017 (driving for middling teams) and 2019, he's barely put a foot wrong. But one difficult season can be the difference between F1 and not. I've always followed De Vries a bit and expected him to be the next cab off the ranks for McLaren but he's had one dodgy season too many.
Norris was in the spotlight because he won the first race (his only win) and enjoyed an extremely long streak of good luck while all his other rivals would hit trouble.
Experience wise, de Vries might have had more time in the F2, Norris had more races then any of the top drivers, he came very well prepared. All series add up, sure higher weigh a bit more but Norris had a very intensive pre F2 build up. More than any driver I have ever seen, it seems he drove every series he could to build up experience fast.
He is doing good now, but nothing indicates that de Vries could not do just as well. The speed was there and this season he is demonstrating more consistancy. (Still too hard on the tires sometimes, but much better)
Anyway I think he will do fine in FE and it would be good for the series IF for once a driver would progress to F1 instead of being a collection of F1 rejects and retiree’s.
It would elevate the level of Formula E imho.