Lewis Hamilton was “coaching” Nyck de Vries in French GP FP1

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff reveals Lewis Hamilton was coaching Nyck de Vries, who replaced him in French Grand Prix Free Practice 1.

Mercedes revealed earlier this week that their reserve driver Nyck de Vries would replace Lewis Hamilton in French Grand Prix FP1, to fulfil one of the two mandatory rookie practice session.

However, Lewis did not use his absence from FP1 for rest, instead he decided to help the young Dutchman throughout the session.

“I was a bit confused when I came in and [Lewis] was sat in my seat and I was like ‘why are you not in the car’,” Wolff joked after FP1.

“I think it was interesting because he was coaching Nyck, helping him with the overlays and that was quite interesting to see.”

The Austrian then revealed Mercedes wants to keep de Vries as part of their team, but they will have to let him go if they can’t find a good F1 spot for him.

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“If we are not able to provide him with an interesting Formula 1 project, in a way we need to let him go.

“He is looking at various options, sportscars and maybe Formula E but you must never give up on the opportunity that one day your Formula 1 door could open and today was very good.”

Asked if Mercedes could help de Vries find a seat on the grid with another team in 2023, Wolff said:

“I can’t really help him. We can’t really tell any team to look at him because that would be felt as an interference and that goes the contrary way,” he concluded.

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