George Russell admitted that the Formula E world champion, Nyck de Vries, showed he deserves a seat in Formula 1.
De Vries knows how to win championships, he took the victory in 2019 in the Formula 2 series, and he recently won the Formula E championship.
There are still some seats available in Formula 1, and some rumors suggested that de Vries might join Williams in 2022.
Russell talked about de Vries, saying that he is a “fantastic driver”, and he praised him a lot for his qualities.
“He’s a Formula 2 champion, he’s a Formula E champion, he’s got the speed, the charisma, and the right attitude to be an F1 driver,” Russell said.
“Unfortunately, Formula 1 only has 20 drivers. For a great driver to come in, a great driver has to leave. So, it’s not quite as simple as that.
“But he deserves to be here, but let’s see if he gets the opportunity or if the opportunity arises itself. Unfortunately, there’s not enough space for everybody.”
Russell has been linked to Mercedes for a long time now, and an announcement stating that the young Briton will join the German team should arrive soon. Should that happen, there would be an empty seat at Williams and de Vries could be the one who can take it.
If de Vries will join Williams next season, his teammate should be Nicholas Latifi, who should remain with the team. The latter also spent some words on de Vries.
“I think after the year we raced against each other in Formula 2, I don’t know if I did say it, but I think I said he deserved a shot in Formula 1,” Latifi said.
“He had a really strong year this year in Formula E as well.
“If he was to take the second seat in Williams, and provided I’m still there as well, I think he will be a great teammate and very capable in Formula 1.”