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F1 News: De Vries in talks with three teams for 2023 seat

Nyck de Vries has connections with several teams on the grid.

Nyck de Vries is now well connected to three teams without a confirmed 2023 lineup as he looks to secure a full-time F1 seat.

The Dutchman’s impressive performance for Williams at the Italian GP has put him at the centre of driver market discussions, though De Vries has revealed that talks were already taking place before Monza.

As quoted by sport.sky.de, De Vries explained on the Dutch show Humberto op Zaterdag that he was speaking with Alpine before the summer break:

“I have been in contact with Alpine since July, and I will be testing for them in Budapest.

“I don’t know if I’m in such a luxurious situation that I can choose. It’s mostly out of my control. Wherever I can get a permanent place, I would be very happy with that.”

De Vries seems an unlikely candidate to race for Alpine next year, but the Enstone team is only one of the outfits interested in acquiring the Dutchman’s services.

Williams is an obvious next step for De Vries. Team principal and CEO Jost Capito praised the 27-year-old’s ability following his performance in Monza, describing De Vries as a good option for the team.

Despite this obvious Williams connection, the Dutchman appears most likely to join Alpha Tauri, having confirmed media reports that he recently had a meeting with Helmut Marko.

De Vries ultimately has very little control over his future. There is no telling who Williams will sign, with the likes of Logan Sargeant or even Mick Schumacher available on the market.

Even if he performs well in Alpine’s test at the Hungaroring, Pierre Gasly remains the French outfit’s first choice. That said, Gasly will only be available to Alpine if Red Bull is willing to release him.

Red Bull’s junior drivers have evidently failed to impress, hence the rumours that the team is looking beyond their academy (to the likes of Colton Herta and now Nyck de Vries) for candidates to join Alpha Tauri.

De Vries is undoubtedly in contention to join the 2023 F1 grid, but time will tell if his dream move will materialise.