De Vries to Red Bull? This Friday he had talks with Marko
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Various sources have informed Motorsport-Total.comsister publication of Motorsport.com, which Nyck de Vries paid a visit to the Red Bull boss’ office in Graz on Friday afternoon. There is no information on the content of the conversation, but it is clear that De Vries is in Marko’s sights after his spectacular Formula 1 debut at Monza.
The pilot unexpectedly had to replace Alexander Albon, hit by a appendicitis, at the Italian Grand Prix last weekend. De Vries was able to start in the top ten and held that position for most of the race. In the end, he took ninth place, taking a third of Williams’ points standings in the Constructors’ Championship.
Red Bull lobbied for weeks to get a super license for Colton’s Heart. Speaking to this website on Friday, Marko has confirmed that Red Bull has abandoned this battle. Herta’s arrival was linked to the possible departure of Pierre Gasly, who will become Fernando Alonso’s successor at Alpine. Red Bull have admitted to Zandvoort that their wish to let Gasly go has not yet been granted, but the outfit now seem willing to facilitate the Frenchman’s departure if a worthy replacement is found.
Williams and Alpine are also showing interest
The arrival of De Vries would be a victory for Marko. De Vries was a junior driver in the Mercedes program for many years, but now that the Formula E season is over he no longer has any contractual obligations to the brand.
The 27-year-old driver is also interested in Alpine, just in case Pierre Gasly can’t make the change. It is expected that this month he will carry out a test with the 2021 car of the French brand. Herta was due to drive the Alpine in the same test, but that has now been cancelled.
Williams is also interested in de Vries as a replacement for Nicholas Latifi.but team boss Jost Capito said after the Monza performance that the driver “has to make his own decision about it”.
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