Nyck de Vries: Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen reward F1 hopeful as Crimson Bull rumours swirl for 2023

Nyck de Vries has confirmed that he met with Crimson Bull advisor Helmut Marko final week, with the Dutchman a contender to exchange Pierre Gasly at AlphaTauri; Mercedes insist their reserve – who shone on the Italian GP as Alex Albon’s alternative – deserves a seat in Method 1

Final Up to date: 20/09/22 9:34am

Max Verstappen and George Russell offer some advice to Nyck de Vries following his impressive Formula One debut at the Italian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen and George Russell provide some recommendation to Nyck de Vries following his spectacular Method One debut on the Italian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen and George Russell provide some recommendation to Nyck de Vries following his spectacular Method One debut on the Italian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen lavished Nyck de Vries with reward for his efficiency in his Method 1 debut, with rumours now swirling that the Dutchman is edging in the direction of a full-time race seat for 2023.

De Vries, filling in for Alex Albon as he battled appendicitis, proved an outstanding deputy on the Italian GP as he managed Williams’ joint-best results of the season in ninth, beating seasoned team-mate Nicholas Latifi.

It has been a very long time coming for De Vries, who has claimed Method 2 and Method E titles in his established profession however had been patiently ready to step up from his Mercedes reserve duties in F1.

“Extremely completely happy for Nyck, I am actually pleased with him,” Mercedes driver Hamilton mentioned at Monza. “He is such lad, human, and he is been a part of our crew working with us.

“For Nyck to have jumped in and completed within the prime 10, that is mega on your first race.”

Nyck de Vries (right) celebrates with Williams boss Jost Capito after the Italian GP

Nyck de Vries (proper) celebrates with Williams boss Jost Capito after the Italian GP

Dutch counterpart and world championship chief Max Verstappen additionally praised his “nice pal” De Vries, 27.

“For Nyck to leap in and ship this efficiency is certainly not straightforward in any respect,” mentioned Verstappen. “I believe he did an important job from the issues I noticed, additionally when it comes to defending.

“He simply stored his cool, did not make errors and I am very completely happy for him to attain the factors. It is spectacular, in fact, in your first race.”

‘He deserves F1 seat’ – and will De Vries find yourself at AlphaTauri?

De Vries, who has pushed in follow for Mercedes this season after main the Silver Arrows to a Method E title final yr, has lengthy been linked with a seat for 2023 – and there have been developments since his F1 debut to counsel that he could be on the grid full time.

Already, understandably, linked with Williams, De Vries is reportedly being lined up by Alpine for a check as they take into account their choices for a vacant seat, whereas Crimson Bull and AlphaTauri additionally appeared to have entered the fray.

German publication Motorsport-Complete have reported that Crimson Bull – after transferring on from IndyCar star Colton Herta as a consequence of superlicense points – have set their sights on De Vries to exchange Pierre Gasly at AlphaTauri.

De Vries has since confirmed within the Dutch media that he met with Helmut Marko, Crimson Bull’s adviser and driver switch specialist, final Friday.

Nyck de Vries says it felt like a 'dream' to finish ninth on his Formula 1 debut after stepping in for Alex Albon in the Williams

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Nyck de Vries says it felt like a ‘dream’ to complete ninth on his Method 1 debut after stepping in for Alex Albon within the Williams

Nyck de Vries says it felt like a ‘dream’ to complete ninth on his Method 1 debut after stepping in for Alex Albon within the Williams

With Gasly Alpine’s most popular selection for his or her aforementioned spot, Crimson Bull would need a driver, whereas nonetheless younger with potential, to hit the bottom working with their sister outfit, and De Vries may match the invoice.

He can be a preferred selection within the paddock, too.

“There is not any doubt he’d deserve a spot in Method 1,” mentioned George Russell, Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate. “That is simply how the game is. Not all people will get a chance however actually now he is proved every little thing he has to.”

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff added: “What else can he do when it comes to efficiency? No coaching, leap within the automotive he hasn’t pushed… he confirmed what he is able to doing.”

De Vries, talking to Sky Sports activities F1, mentioned his future was out of his arms and mentioned “not every little thing is predicated on benefit”.

“After all I am not entitled to determine any line-up, in order that’s less than me. Once more, I am simply very grateful and completely happy that I took this chance and I used to be allowed to stay this second.

“On this world not every little thing is predicated on benefit and there are extra elements that play a task in deciding our line-up. I am glad I confirmed a bit little bit of myself this weekend.”

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