de Vries rising as severe contender for vacant Alpine F1 seat

Nyck de Vries is rising as a severe contender for the vacant 2023 Alpine Components 1 seat, has learnt.

Fernando Alonso’s choice to defect to Aston Martin for subsequent season in August has left Alpine making an attempt to fill the seat alongside Esteban Ocon.

It initially tried to get its junior driver Oscar Piastri into it, however he refused having already signed for McLaren after Alpine had messed his contract round.

The French concern then switched to making an attempt to get Pierre Gasly out of AlphaTauri, however that is dependant on Colton Herta being granted a superlicence by the FIA – though the IndyCar star doesn’t have sufficient factors.

Nonetheless, as sources advised, Alpine is now leaning in direction of de Vries as an choice for 2023.

de Vries in for 2023?

Alpine is eager to advertise one in every of its junior drivers right into a race seat, with Jack Doohan now prime of the record.

Nonetheless, Doohan is unlikely to be prepared for a promotion from Components 2 in 2023, with 2020/21 Components E champion de Vries trying an excellent choice for the ’23 seat earlier than Doohan takes it over doubtlessly from ’24.

Chatting with media together with at Monza after driving for Aston Martin in FP1, de Vries was coy about his future.

“I imply, I haven’t got to promote myself, I’ve received sure issues, I have been given the chance to to take part in a few of the FP1s.

“I deserve an opportunity. However it’s not at all times nearly what you have proven or what you have executed, you want a little bit of momentum, the timing must be proper, there must be a spot.

“It is not simply purely based mostly on on what you have executed up to now.”

de Vries is presently a Mercedes reserve driver, sharing duties alongside 2021/22 FE champion Stoffel Vandoorne.

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