Rumor: de Vries to Williams, Bottas to Aston Martin?

One man who was making the rounds in Budapest was Nyck de Vries, the Mercedes Formula E driver and an F1 reserve.

He would like to drive at a Mercedes team but Mercedes motorsports boss Toto Wolff is pushing him toward Williams, replacing George Russell who is strongly rumored to be taking Valtteri Bottas’ seat at Mercedes.

Below he is seen talking to Wolff in the Hungary paddock.

Nyck ‘Nick’ de Vries talking to Toto Wolff about a future F1 ride – Jiri Krenek Photo

One really crazy rumor we heard last weekend was Lance Stroll becoming a Reserve Driver for the Mercedes team with the goal of moving him up alongside George Russel in two years when Lewis Hamilton retires. This would give the Mercedes team two relatively young drivers good for the next 5 to 10 years.

We find that to be a bit far-fetched as we can’t see Stroll leaving his father’s team.  However, this then allows Mercedes to place Bottas at Aston Martin alongside Sebastian Vettel – a better option than Williams.

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2022 F1 Silly Season Page
Team Engine No. Driver Nat. Rating Comments
Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen Ferrari 7 Kimi Raikkonen Finland Speculation Kimi has had a rough season and says he doesn’t care who replaces him.
47 Mick Schumacher Germany Speculation Schumacher is contracted to Ferrari. Do they keep him at Haas or move him to Alfa?
77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Speculation Reportedly, Bottas has already spoken with Alfa about a 2022 seat.
99 Antonio Giovinazzi Italy Speculation Giovinazzi is unsure of his future.
53 Callum Ilott England Speculation Ilott one of many linked to Alfa Romeo
Alpha Tauri Red Bull 10 Pierre Gasly France Strong Gasly would like to go back to the senior Red Bull team but Alpha Tauri seems more likely.
22 Yuki Tsunoda Japan Strong Franz Tost seemed to suggest Tsunoda would get a second year with Alpha Tauri.
Alpine F1 Team Renault 14 Fernando Alonso Spain Strong It appears Alpine has an option on Alonso for 2022.
31 Esteban Ocon France Fact Ocon re-signed with Alpine in June.
Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Mercedes 5 Sebastian Vettel Germany Strong Vettel is all but confirmed.
18 Lance Stroll Canada Strong No confirmation, but Stroll could move to Mercedes as a Reserve Driver
77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Speculation If Stroll goes to Mercedes then Bottas could replace him
Ferrari Ferrari 16 Charles Leclerc Monaco Fact Leclerc signed through 2024.
55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Spain Fact Sainz all set at Ferrari for 2022.
Haas F1 Team Ferrari 9 Nikita Mazepin Russia Fact Mazepin is signed for 2022.
47 Mick Schumacher Germany Strong Schumacher is contracted to Ferrari. Do they keep him at Haas or move him to Alfa?
McLaren F1 Team Mercedes 3 Daniel Ricciardo Australia Fact Ricciardo signed for 2022.
4 Lando Norris England Fact Norris inked a multi-year deal with the team in May.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes 44 Lewis Hamilton England Fact Hamilton is signed for 2022.
63 George Russell England Strong If you believe Gunther Steiner, Russell is headed to Mercedes in 2022.
77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Speculation Despite the lack of performance, there are many who believe Bottas will stay.
Red Bull Racing Red Bull 11 Sergio Perez Mexico Strong Perez has endured a difficult stretch recently, but we expect he returns for a second year.
33 Max Verstappen Netherlands Fact Verstappen is all set for 2022.
77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Speculation Seems doubtful, but one rumor had Bottas possibly headed to Red Bull.
Williams Racing Mercedes 6 Nicholas Latifi Canada Speculation Not much word on Latifi for 2022.
26 Daniil Kvyat Russia Speculation Kvyat has been linked to Williams.
27 Nico Hulkenberg Germany Speculation Hulkenberg has been linked to Williams
63 George Russell England Speculation Williams doesn’t sound optimistic about keeping the talented Russell.
77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Speculation Add Williams to the list of teams Bottas is linked to.
45 Guanyu Zhou China Speculation Chinese F2 driver linked to Williams.
21 Nyck de Vries Netherlands Strong The Formula E driver is one of many linked with Williams.