Williams boss talks up Toto Wolff’s ‘insurance’ driver for Lewis Hamilton as F1 move nears

TOTO WOLFF is claimed to have an insurance coverage driver in place if Lewis Hamilton decides to depart the game early.

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Williams’ Dave Robson has described Nyck de Vries as a ‘top of the range driver’ after the 27-year-old was tipped to be Toto Wolff’s ‘insurance coverage’ coverage for Lewis Hamilton by household pal Tom Coronel.

Williams boss talks up Toto Wolff's 'insurance' driver for Lewis Hamilton as F1 move nears

Lewis Hamilton could possibly be changed by Toto Wolff’s ‘insurance coverage’ driver if he quits F1 early (Picture: Getty)

De Vries has served as Mercedes’ take a look at and reserve driver for the previous two seasons alongside his function for the German outfit in Formulation E. He received the Formulation Two World Championship in 2019 earlier than following it up with success within the E sequence in 2021. 

The Dutchman lined up for Williams in FP1 in Barcelona and has been linked with a transfer to the crew for the previous two seasons to exchange the struggling Nicolas Latifi. He’s presently the favorite for the Williams seat subsequent season with the Canadian failing to enhance. 

Robson, the top of auto growth at Williams, was filled with reward for de Vries when chatting with Formula1.com about his efficiency in Barcelona.  “He clearly has what he must be to be an absolute top-quality competitors driver,” Robson argued. “He is worthy of a spot on the grid, I believe, however so many individuals are.

“His tempo was there. His potential to know the tyre and do the out-lap appropriately, was actually spectacular.  He had some very helpful feedback on the steadiness of the automotive, which agrees fairly nicely with what we have heard from the 2 race drivers,” he added.

Williams boss talks up Toto Wolff's 'insurance' driver for Lewis Hamilton as F1 move nears

Nyck de Vries took management of a Williams for FP1 in Barcelona (Picture: Getty)

De Vries has been touted as Wolff’s insurance coverage coverage if Hamilton determined to stop the game by fellow racer and pal of the Dutchman Coronel. 

Mercedes’ struggles this season have led some to invest that the seven-time World Champion might determine to depart the game early. Coronel has acknowledged that if this eventuality have been to ever come up, de Vries would declare the vacant area on the Silver Arrows.

Talking to the RacingNews365nl podcast, Coronel mentioned: “If Lewis Hamilton stops, Nyck de Vries will get the seat. Are you aware why? As I have been saying for a yr, Nyck is Toto Wolff’s insurance coverage coverage.”

Mercedes have been infamously left scrambling to signal a brand new driver in 2016 after Nico Rosberg introduced his retirement from the game following his championship victory. Coronel argues that Wolff has deliberate contingencies to keep away from ever being in the identical scenario once more. 

“After all, he has already skilled it as soon as with Rosberg,” the Dutchman defined. “I do not need to say he ‘makes use of’ Nyck, however that is why he retains him near him. It is a boy who’s doing all the things he ought to have performed.”  

It’s unlikely Hamilton will stop the game anytime quickly as he chases a record-breaking eighth world title. Nevertheless, de Vries continues to be prone to be a part of the game quickly as he stays in pole place to take over at Williams subsequent season. 


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