Nyck de Vries confirms talks with Red Bull chief Helmut Marko

Nyck de Vries confirms he’s held talks with Red Bull chief Helmut Marko over his F1 future after impressing on his debut at Italian GP… but the Dutchman admits he ‘does not know if he has the luxury’ to choose his next team

  • Nyck de Vries has said that he has held talks with Red Bull chief Helmut Marko
  • The driver impressed on his Formula One debut as he scored points for Williams
  • De Vries stepped in for Alex Albon who had withdrawn due to respiratory issues
  • Ex-Williams driver George Russell has backed De Vries for a full-time seat in F1 

Nyck de Vries has revealed that he has held talks with Red Bull chief Helmut Marko over his future in Formula one.

The Dutch driver impressed on his F1 debut as he scored points for the Williams team at the Italian Grand Prix after stepping in for driver Alex Albon, who withdrew due to respiratory issues after having surgery.

After his promising debut, many are thinking that De Vries will not be long for a permanent seat in F1.

Nyck de Vries (pictured) has admitted that he has held talks with Red Bull chief Helmut Marko

De Vries impressed on his F1 debut as he scored points for a struggling Williams team

He told Dutch TV show Humberto op Zaterdag: ‘I don’t quite know if I’m in such a luxury situation that I can choose.

‘Largely, that is beyond my control. I have been in talks with Williams for a long time and I was also able to make my debut there last weekend.

‘That would be a logical step. Alpine I have been in contact with since July, and I will test for them in Budapest next week.

Helmut Marko (pictured left) could offer De Vries a permanent seat in the F1 competition

‘I will fly there on Monday. And as the media had noticed yesterday, I went to Austria to meet Helmut Marko. Those are the facts.’

De Vries has been back by former Williams driver George Russell for a full-time seat in F1.

He said: ‘He obviously did an excellent job… he was always one of the best and there’s no doubt he deserves a place in Formula 1.

George Russell (pictured) has backed De Vries to earn himself a full-time seat in Formula One

‘There’s 20 drivers, not everybody gets an opportunity, but certainly now he’s proved everything he has to.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff also praised the 27-year-old: ‘He is just a good young man.

‘He’s not only fast and has shown that in the junior categories, but he is also intelligent and a good team player, that is why he deserved it here.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff (pictured) praised De Vries as a ‘good young man’

‘I don’t think that anyone else could have possibly done a better job in what he did.

‘You are in an Aston Martin, you are driving around with a rake and then you are being drafted in at the last minute in a different car.

‘You are beating your team-mate by quite a margin, you are starting eighth and you finish ninth.’




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