Mercedes will allow driver to leave to ‘fulfill F1 dream’ as Toto Wolff admits to being in ‘powerless situation’

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has all but shut the door on the possibility of Nyck de Vries making his debut in Formula 1 via a seat at Mercedes.

Nyck has been part of the Mercedes team since 2019, where he features for the team in Formula E alongside Stoffel Vandoorne.

The fact that he is a Mercedes member and his intent in pursuing a career in the pinnacle of motorsport has often led to speculation over whether he can claim a seat at the Silver Arrows F1 team.

This season, he has been linked with Alfa Romeo following two practice sessions that he has participated in with Williams and Mercedes.

It was the manner in which Nyck de Vries performed for Mercedes in the practice session that has convinced Wolff that he may not be able to hand De Vries an opportunity in F1.

What did Toto say?

Toto Wolff. Source: Planet F1
Toto Wolff. Source:

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

“He’s looking at various options, sportscars and maybe Formula E but you must never give up on the opportunity that one day a Formula 1 door can open.

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

With Mercedes pulling out at the end of Season 8 of Formula E, there is a possibility that de Vries could face some time on the sidelines even there.

However, the 27-year-old believes that he needs to keep an open mind regarding what the future may have in store for him.

“Obviously everyone shares that dream and goal,” he said.

“I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to go to F1.

“But I am also happy with what I’m doing. Ultimately it’s out of my control so time will tell what will come.

“I can only do a good job on the track, I’m flattered my name is around and we’ll see.”

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