Nyck de Vries comments on the possibility of replacing Hamilton

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With the rumours surrounding Lewis Hamilton’s return to Formula 1 in 2022 still swirling around, Mercedes’ reserve driver Nyck de Vries was asked about the possibility of replacing the Briton.

Lewis Hamilton has not been heard from in the media since the controversial ending of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

This, coupled with Toto Wolff stating that he ‘hopes’ Lewis will return to Formula 1 in 2022, led to many media outlets speculating that he could choose to quit the sport in response to the injustice that happened in Abu Dhabi.

For this reason a Dutch publication ‘Formule 1’ asked Mercedes’ reserve driver Nyck de Vries to give his comments on the situation, and the possibility that, if Lewis did indeed quit, he could be asked to step in as his replacement.

“I don’t care about that,” de Vries said.

“We’re working on Saudi Arabia [the first race of the new Formula E season], so I don’t think there’s room for me to think about those sorts of scenarios.”

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The Dutch driver then gave his comments on the Abu Dhabi situation and his countryman Max Verstappen.

“Max is a fantastic driver who earned that championship 100 percent. He really is a worthy world champion. I think everyone agrees with that.

“On that Sunday in Abu Dhabi, Lewis did everything he could to win it, and decisions were made that have never been applied in that way.

“But that does not alter the fact that Max deserves it and is a great champion.

“I can also understand that Lewis is very disappointed about that and feels that they have stolen it from him,” de Vries concluded.

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