Nyck de Vries meets with Helmut Marko to discuss 2023 Red Bull seat

Nyck de Vries made an impressive debut at the Italian Grad Prix last weekend.

Mercedes reserve driver, Nyck de Vries, is said to have met with Red Bull adviser, Dr Helmut Marko, about a possible opportunity next season.

The Dutchman spent nine years in the McLaren programme, during the last of which he claimed the Formula 2 championship.

A move to Formula 1 did not materialise though, so he turned to Formula E with the Mercedes EQ team, and he won the title in 2021.

He and Stoffel Vandoorne helped the German side claim the teams’ championship two years running, but Mercedes have now been replaced by McLaren.

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Vandoorne, the reigning champion has move to Penske, but de Vries has not been able to secure a seat in the electric series.

There are opportunities for him in WEC, with Toyota, as well as IndyCar having tested with the Meyer Shank team several months ago.

The 27-year-old is set to split from the Mercedes programme next year, so he will be fair game for anyone wanting to acquire his services.

De Vries certainly put himself on the map last weekend when he replaced the appendicitis-hit Alex Albon in Monza, finishing ninth and scoring points on his debut.

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Having out-performed team-mate Nicholas Latifi, he has been linked with the Canadian’s seat when his contract runs out at the end of this year.

There is also some room at Haas, Alpine and Alfa Romeo, but a report from Motorsport Magazin journalist, Christian Menath, suggests that the Red Bull junior team may be the Dutchman’s destination in 2023.

Red Bull are not having any luck signing Colton Herta to their programme due to the superlicense points system, so their deal with the Andretti IndyCar driver seems dead in the water.

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With Alpine eager to sign Pierre Gasly from the Faenza-based team, Red Bull need to have a replacement ready if they are to let the Frenchman go, and de Vries may be the catalyst for more changes in the driver market.

He was reportedly seen meeting with Dr Marko in Austria, and they were probably not there to talk about the weather.

Gasly is currently under contract with AlphaTauri until the end of next season, while their other driver, Yuki Tsunoda, is expected to be kept on for at least another season.