Toto Wolff talks up potential Lewis Hamilton replacement as Mercedes boss ponders decision

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It remains possible that De Vries could earn a contract with Williams for 2023, amid doubts about Latifi’s future with the team, and Wolff believes that it is time for the driver to handed a chance to prove himself in F1.

“Nyck was an official Mercedes driver until we stopped Formula E a few weeks ago and he won the championship for us, our first world championship,” Wolff added.

“But we haven’t got a management contract with him, we haven’t got any influence on his career nor are we taking any cut of his future earnings.

“Nyck deserves to have a place in F1. He has shown that because of the limited experience he had from driving around with the rake in FP1. Then he was thrown into the cold in FP3, not even at the beginning but at the end — that is a line in the sand. It puts down a marker.”

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