Nyck de Vries made his Components One race debut on the Italian Grand Prix after Alex Albon was recognized with appendicitis—and the Dutchman arguably knocked it out of the park.
The reserve driver completed ninth, bringing residence two factors to Williams whereas Nicholas Latifi ended the day in fifteenth. Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell sang his praises after the race, and Russell went so far as to say, partially, “there’s little question he’s deserving of a spot in Components One.”
In line with ESPN, de Vries’s identify has within the operating for a potential F1 seat subsequent season as Williams has but to substantiate its 2023 driver lineup. However his choices might prolong past that single group. The 27-year-old confirmed on the Dutch TV present Humberto op Zaterdag over the weekend that he has spoken with Alpine in addition to Pink Bull adviser Helmut Marko.
“I don’t fairly know if I’m in such a luxurious scenario that I can select,” he stated on the present, per motorsport.com. “Largely, that’s past my management. I’ve been in talks with Williams for a very long time, and I used to be additionally capable of make my debut there final weekend.
“That will be a logical step. Alpine I’ve been involved with since July, and I’ll take a look at for them in Budapest subsequent week. I’ll fly there on Monday. And because the media had observed [Friday], I went to Austria to satisfy Helmut Marko. These are the details.”
Alpine reportedly isn’t in a rush to fill the emptiness left by Fernando Alonso, who will compete for Aston Martin beginning subsequent season. The Spaniard will take the seat of Sebastian Vettel, who beforehand introduced that he’s retiring from F1 on the finish of the 2022 marketing campaign. Initially, it regarded like Oscar Piastri would compete for Alpine. Inside hours of the group’s announcement in regards to the 2023 driver lineup, the 21-year-old refuted the declare on Twitter, saying partially, that he had not “signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I cannot be driving for Alpine subsequent 12 months.”
On Aug. 24, information broke that McLaren and Ricciardo “mutually agreed” to separate on the finish of the 2022 marketing campaign and the Contract Recognition Board later upheld McLaren’s contract with Piastri.
Pink Bull provides a twist to the scenario. Each of its F1 drivers—Verstappen and Sergio Perez—are below contract, however AlphaTauri, its junior group, has but to substantiate its 2023 lineup. It has been publicly confirmed that Pierre Gasly has a contract with AlphaTauri for subsequent season; nevertheless, Alpine has proven curiosity within the Frenchman. In the meantime, Yuki Tsunoda’s contract is up on the finish of the season.
Information broke Sept. 4 as Marko instructed reporter Chris Medland that an settlement was reached to carry on Colton Herta, pending the FIA’s choice on his tremendous license. He had been linked to a AlphaTauri seat, however he wants an exemption from the FIA as he solely has 32 of the 40 factors wanted for a Tremendous License.
Nonetheless, it appears unlikely that the FIA will give the IndyCar driver an exemption, and in response to motorsport.com, Pink Bull deserted the efforts. Come Friday Sept. 16, rumblings began to rise on social media and within the media that de Vries was seen assembly with Marko.
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