Formula 2 title favourite Nyck de Vries has put his Formula 1 hopes on hold for now.
Mercedes has announced that the F2 points leader will join Stoffel Vandoorne in the German marque’s inaugural Formula E driver lineup.
24-year-old Dutchman de Vries, who until this year was a McLaren junior driver, said: “Of course every young driver wants to be in F1. But when you get an opportunity like this with Mercedes, you need to grab it.”
Not the end
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff insists that signing up de Vries for Formula E does not end the driver’s F1 dream.
Wolff told the Leeuwarder Courant newspaper: “Why would it? Nyck is fast, young and intelligent. He can still get to F1. You never know what can happen in the future and what will come his way.”
Wolff also played down Mercedes’ hopes of winning the increasingly popular all-electric series straight away.
He added: “We look forward to competing with the other German brands, Porsche, BMW and Audi. We ultimately want to fight for victories and the championship, but it’s not realistic for the first season.”