The F1 dilemma facing Mercedes' new world champion
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The F1 dilemma facing Mercedes' new world champion

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After clinching the Formula E title at the Berlin finale, Nyck de Vries is a driver in demand. Although Mercedes would love to keep a reigning champion at the team, the allure of a Williams F1 drive may be too much for de Vries to ignore should a potential deal come to pass

The departure of Felipe Massa after his two underwhelming seasons at Venturi Racing, combined with the CVs of 2021 rookies Jake Dennis, Nick Cassidy and Norman Nato, has helped quash the allegation that Formula E is a payday for crestfallen ex-Formula 1 drivers.

But with the exceptional cameo of Pierre Gasly, who was drafted in to replace fixture-tied Sebastien Buemi at Renault e.dams in New York City in 2017, there’s yet to be a flow in the other direction. No bona fide FE driver has stepped up into a plum grand prix race seat.

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