“Fantastic” Nyck de Vries deserves to be in Formula 1

George Russell believes Nyck de Vries deserves to drive in Formula One.

De Vries won the Formula 2 title in 2019 before joining the Mercedes works team in Formula E. He became the first world champion of the all-electric series and took the 2020-21 crown in Berlin last month.

With F1’s silly season going on and the driver market shaping up for next year, de Vries is heavily linked to a possible move to Williams due to the team’s technical alliance with Mercedes.

Current Williams F1 driver Russell drove against de Vries in 2018 when both were in F2. Russell won the title that year, while de Vries finished fourth overall with three wins.

When asked about a possible F1 change for de Vries, Russell was full of praise for the Dutchman and called him a “fantastic driver”.

“He’s a Formula 2 champion, he’s a Formula E champion, he definitely has the speed, the charisma and the right attitude to be an F1 driver,” said Russell. “Unfortunately Formula 1 only has 20 drivers. For a great driver to arrive, a great driver has to go. So it’s not that simple.

“But he deserves to be here, but let’s see if he gets the opportunity or if the opportunity arises. Unfortunately there is not enough space for everyone. “

A seat at Williams could become vacant for de Vries should Russell move to Mercedes for next year, with an announcement about the British driver’s future due to arrive in the coming weeks.

If de Vries were to join Williams, he would likely be riding alongside Nicholas Latifi, who is widely expected to continue a third season with the team.

Latifi also has experience racing against de Vries and was runner-up in the 2019 Formula 2 championship.

“I definitely think that after the year we competed against each other in Formula 2, I don’t know if I said so, but I think I said he definitely deserved a chance in Formula 1 “Said Latifi. “He had a really strong year in Formula E too.

“If he took second place in Williams and I’m still there, I think he’ll be a great team-mate and very capable in Formula 1.”

Mercedes announced last month it would be leaving Formula E at the end of the 2021/22 season after deciding not to extend its stay into the Gen3 era of the championship.

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