Three teams prey on Nick de Vries: “I just can’t choose’

Since his performance as a replacement for Alex Albon at Monza, Nick de Vries has been the sensation of the ring. The 27-year-old Formula E world champion has played a key role in this year’s absurd, chaotic season sparked by the announcement of Sebastian Vettel’s retirement.

After Williams and Albin’s attention, a third pirate has now landed on the coast: AlphaTauri. After the Colton Herta plan collapsed, the team became interested in De Vries as a replacement for Pierre Gasly, who may have left for Alpine.

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three teams

After all the international attention, Nyck was allowed to join the RTL talk show last Saturday Humberto on Saturday, Where he was asked about his current situation. De Vries explained that as many as three teams could appreciate his services. However, given discussions with all three parties, he cannot yet say for sure in which year it will appear on the network next year:

“I don’t think I can just choose. Things are pretty much out of my control. I’ve been talking to Williams for some time and just happened to be able to make my debut there, so this would be a logical move.”

“I have been speaking with Alpine since July and for this team I will also be testing in Budapest. As the media already reported, I was in Austria last week to meet Dr. Marko and discuss the future with him. These are currently the facts.”

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The best option?

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On the outside, Alpine is the best short-term option. The team is currently the fourth best on the grid, something that could remain that way until 2026 due to the relatively stable regulations. On the other hand, there are no career opportunities in the French team, and management is not exactly known for being reasonable and stable. There is no warranty on the racing seat.

In AlphaTauri, De Vries will have a big shoe to fill as a replacement for Pierre Gasly. The Frenchman has been the clear team leader for Team Faenza since the second half of 2019. If he picks this right, there could be a place at Red Bull next to Max Verstappen in the future. After all, 32-year-old Sergio Perez is stuck until 2024 and has been able to make little impression, especially in the second half of the season. We don’t dare say if Red Bull would dare make such a transformation, but we’ve seen crazier things.

The most logical and emphatic option is, of course, Williams. De Vries has a good relationship with the team and will therefore remain in the Mercedes family. As with AlphaTauri/Red Bull, a campaign with Williams presents opportunities should Lewis Hamilton cut his helmet. Before that, however, Nyck will have to prove himself in one of the slowest cars on the field, which is of course an undesirable task.

Therefore, all three options have their own advantages and disadvantages, so De Vries was not chosen easily. In any case, we wish him every success in making this crucial decision.

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