Nyck de Vries of Netherlands and Scuderia AlphaTauri talks to the media in the Paddock during day three of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on February 25, 2023 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1: No Red Bull return for de Vries – Horner

(GMM) Nyck de Vries will not re-fire his Formula 1 career with Red Bull says Red Bull boss Christian Horner who never wanted to hire him.

Horner said he was never supportive of Dr Helmut Marko’s decision to sign de Vries to Alpha Tauri for 2023.

The 28-year-old Dutchman has now been ousted for poor performance and replaced by Daniel Ricciardo, with de Vries reportedly set to commence a leadership course at Harvard later this year.

But when Ricciardo broke his hand at Zandvoort on Friday, de Vries’ manager Guillaume Le Goff immediately told the Dutch publication Formule 1: “Nyck is available to fill in.”

However, Red Bull opted instead to promote reserve driver Liam Lawson.

“Nyck is a good driver with experience,” Red Bull boss Horner told NOS when asked about de Vries on Friday.

“But if you look at him as a 28-year-old prospect, as a junior driver, I didn’t see that. The goal is to train drivers.

“I am hopeful that a good driver like him can have a great career,” Horner said.

“He’s a Formula E champion, so I’m sure he will have opportunities in other categories.”

As for whether de Vries has a shot at returning to Formula 1, however, Horner has bad news.

“Never say never,” said the Briton, “but not at Red Bull.

“Maybe at Mercedes – he knows Toto Wolff very well. Perhaps he can arrange a seat for him.”

Mercedes F1 Team Boss Toto Wolff. Photo courtesy of Mercedes
Mercedes F1 Team Boss Toto Wolff. Photo courtesy of Mercedes
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