Mercedes proud of Nyck de Vries progress however admit they might ‘let him go’ if he fails to land F1 seat

Nyck de Vries is the reigning Components E champion whereas he has additionally gained the Components 2 title, however might battle to land an F1 seat for 2023 with few choices accessible; Lewis Hamilton “coached” the Dutchman throughout apply outing for Mercedes at French GP

Final Up to date: 27/07/22 7:10am


Toto Wolff has conceded that he “can not help” Nyck de Vries in his seek for a Components 1 seat and says Mercedes “might must let him go”.

De Vries, 27, is a highly-rated driver who has Components E and Components 2 titles below his belt, and he bought an opportunity to shine in his function as Mercedes reserve on the French GP when filling in for Lewis Hamilton in first apply.

That outing – the place De Vries impressed the world champions once more – prompted extra discuss of De Vries presumably becoming a member of the F1 grid in 2023, with Williams the obvious contender given their Mercedes partnership and the actual fact the Dutchman has additionally pushed for them in apply this season.

Mercedes boss Wolff is eager to get De Vries an opportunity on the grid, like George Russell was afforded when a Mercedes reserve, however admitted to Sky Sports activities F1: “I am unable to actually assist him.

Mercedes reserve driver Nyck de Vries takes to the track, as he replaces Lewis Hamilton for first practice ahead of the French GP

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Mercedes reserve driver Nyck de Vries takes to the monitor, as he replaces Lewis Hamilton for first apply forward of the French GP

Mercedes reserve driver Nyck de Vries takes to the monitor, as he replaces Lewis Hamilton for first apply forward of the French GP

“We won’t inform a group to have a look at him as a result of that appears like interference after which it goes the opposite approach.”

Wolff additionally mentioned that with out an F1 seat, it could be time to launch De Vries, who gained the Components E title for Mercedes final 12 months.

“I feel if we’re not in a position to present him with an attention-grabbing Components 1 challenge, in a approach we have to let him go,” he mentioned after apply on Friday.

“He is numerous choices, sportscars, perhaps Components E, however you simply must not ever surrender on the chance that sooner or later a Components 1 door can open. At the moment was very, superb.”

De Vries completed ninth in first apply at Paul Ricard, simply half a second down on Russell.

Sky F1's Ted Kravitz reflects on all the big talking points from the French GP

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Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz displays on all the massive speaking factors from the French GP

Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz displays on all the massive speaking factors from the French GP

His efforts earned reward from Hamilton, who watched on from the storage and, as Wolff revealed, coached De Vries alongside the best way.

“I used to be a bit confused as a result of I got here in there and he was sat in my seat,” mentioned Wolff of Hamilton watching on within the storage. “I believed, why are you not within the automobile!

“It was attention-grabbing as a result of he was teaching Nyck, he was serving to him with the overlays. That was attention-grabbing to see.”

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