Mercedes Formula E driver Nyck de Vries addressed the rumours of him replacing F1 counterpart Lewis Hamilton, saying he was happy to just be in the conversation.
The FIA and Race Director Michael Masi made a contentious decision at the title-deciding illegal call that snatched an eighth world title from Hamilton. It ended up crowning a new champion at his expense, and was a farce all around.
Hamilton hasn’t been seen since that controversial race, and rumours continue to fly regarding his retirement from the sport. With his silence looming over the sport, Mercedes are doing what they can to find a replacement should he call it a day.
De Vries addressed the rumours of him replacing Hamilton, saying he was ecstatic Mercedes even considered him a candidate.
During an interview with Laola1, the Dutchman revealed that he was in constant contact with Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, but no conversation related to F1 took place.
“We spoke last week on the occasion of his birthday,” he said.
“We are in regular contact. But Formula 1 was not talked about.”
In the hunt
“First of all, I was delighted and really impressed that my name was even mentioned among the candidates,” the FE champion continued.
“That confirms how my potential is seen. So much is changing so quickly.
“A lot of what happened is beyond my control. I can only contribute something through my performances on the tracks. I can’t influence what happens outside. I’m happy with what I’m able to do right now and racing for titles.”
In addition to de Vries, Esteban Ocon, Sebastian Vettel, Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc have all been named as potential Hamilton replacements.