Nyck de Vries admitted he still has no idea what 2022 has in store for him – after appearing ready for a seat in Formula 1 at one point.
The Dutchman won Formula 2 in 2019 and can now consider himself a world champion, having won the drivers’ crown in the last Formula E series as well as the teams title for Mercedes.
His affiliation with Mercedes seemed to have given him a chance to make his way onto the F1 grid for 2022 at Williams, one of the German automaker’s client teams, but that option disappeared when they opted for Alex Albon at the square.
Alfa Romeo was another potential option where De Vries even seemed a favorite to join Valtteri Bottas at one point. But that now seems much less likely as it has been reported that Ferrari, which supplies the team’s engines, would not be in favor due to its connection with Mercedes.
Therefore, the 26-year-old is left wondering in which direction he will be heading, although De Vries’ winning experience in endurance racing is another potential path.
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“First of all, I am very flattered and honored that my name is linked to a few Formula 1 teams and that my name has been in the air a lot recently,” said De Vries at the last edition of The Race’s Formula E Podcast.
“I am also honored by the words especially Toto [Wolff] said about me, but ultimately I am very well aware that in this world things change very quickly.
“I’m a very down-to-earth person and always focus on what’s my duty today and that’s really where I focus.
“So what the future holds, I don’t know. Things change quickly anyway and in order to win my opportunities and open doors in my career, I will need to continue to deliver and perform in every race and weekend I do.
“That’s where my focus and my passion is and all the rumors, it’s the media and I have nothing to tell you. Time will tell us.”
Wolff, Mercedes’ motorsport manager, has said he would like to keep De Vries for his company’s final shot in Formula E before retiring from this series.
The driver himself, meanwhile, has previously said Formula 1 is not the ultimate solution for him, saying: “Going into Formula 1 alone wouldn’t necessarily mean a ‘successful career’ for me. It’s about running in all professional classes and competing for victories.