After winning the Formula E championship, Nyck de Vries became one of the drivers in which some F1 teams might be interested in the 2022 season.
As many people are expecting, George Russell might be joining Mercedes after this season. Due to that, Mercedes would like to have another young driver in a smaller team. That driver might be de Vries.
However, even if the idea of having de Vries in Formula 1 is exciting for Toto Wolff, he would be sad about losing him in the Formula E program.
“Nyck is a Mercedes driver in Formula E and he’s won the Formula E world championship and helped us to win the constructors’ world championship and he’s an extremely important member of that team,” said Wolff in today’s FIA press conference. “I admired his decision back in the day after winning the F2 title to say ‘I want to be part of a works team and that’s why I’m joining Mercedes in Formula E’ rather than running behind the dream in Formula 1.
“Now the time has come that people recognize his talent and his ability and therefore those talks are taking place. But for us, the most important is that he stays within the family. I don’t want to lose him at that stage for another Formula E championship, but I wouldn’t block him for Formula 1.”
To conclude, Wolff said that many things on the driver market depend on whether Alexander Albon will find a seat or not.
“At the moment it revolves around Alex Albon, who, as Christian said, deserves a seat. He’s a really good kid, and he’s probably the main protagonist in the moving chairs.
“So Nyck has a guaranteed seat in Formula E with us, and I’m in two minds. As I said before, I wish him to be in Formula 1, but I don’t want to lose him from our Formula E campaign.”