In the short term, Nyck de Vries moves into the field of Formula 1 drivers in Monza - and scores points straight away. That arouses desires. The Dutchman is another competitor of Mick Schumacher, who is still without a contract for the coming season. De Vries has now met with Red Bull.
For Mick Schumacher, alternatives to his current racing team Haas in Formula 1 seem increasingly rare. The Dutchman Nyck de Vries in particular has recently aroused the desires of the teams and could ensure that some doors close. "As the media noticed, I traveled to Austria to speak to Helmut Marko there," said the 27-year-old on the Dutch TV show Humberto op Zaterdag at the weekend. De Vries thus confirmed what had previously only been rumours: Red Bull's sister team AlphaTauri would like to sign him.
If this succeeds, AlphaTauri would in turn let Pierre Gasly go - and that is Alpine's desired solution, the Renault factory team would like to fill its free cockpit with a Frenchman. For Schumacher, the place at Alpine has so far seemed like the most attractive alternative, with his Haas racing team the 23-year-old still has no contract for 2023 despite good performance. A possible switch to Williams, on the other hand, seems more like a step backwards as things currently stand.
De Vries, Schumacher's new competitor on the driver market, recently made his Formula 1 debut at short notice in Monza. The former Formula E World Champion replaced Alex Albon at Williams, who had to undergo appendectomy. De Vries convinced right away in ninth place and has other interested parties in addition to AlphaTauri. He is in talks with Williams anyway, and he has also been testing for Alpine in Budapest since Monday.
At first it was said that Schumacher should also play there, but this is not the case. Alpine regular driver Esteban Ocon is good friends with the German and has been campaigning for weeks for the French racing team to sign him as Fernando Alonso’s successor for the coming season.
(This article was first published on Monday, September 19, 2022.)