Mercedes have admitted they are not worried about Nyck de Vries spilling secrets to Red Bull after his move to AlphaTauri. De Vries will give up his Mercedes reserve driver position for a full-time AlphaTauri seat for 2023 after starring on debut at Williams at the Italian Grand Prix.
Despite AlphaTauri being its own independent team, it is still owned by Red Bull chief Dietrich Mateschitz. Max Verstappen even revealed he helped De Vries secure the drive after telling his compatriot to call Helmut Marko after his race in Monza.
However, despite the close links to Red Bull, Mercedes technical director Milke Elliott is not concerned about De Vries passing over information. Speaking to Motorsort.com, he said: “Formula One changes so quickly. You learn so quickly. What he did a year ago probably doesn’t even help him now.
“What he may be more likely to take from us is the way we work together, our processes and our systems. We wish him success. I think he’s been very honourable in the way he’s dealt with us, so there’s no need to worry.”
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He said: “I’m very happy that Nyck has this opportunity. It might be a shame to see where he’s going, but it’s no different. I think he deserves this chance. He has shown to be an excellent driver.
“It was brilliant to have him in the pit box. He is a very nice guy, really knows what it is all about and understands the car.” De Vries also comes with a wealth of experience across motorsport, winning the Formula E championship and competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
On signing his contract, De Vries commented: “I’m extremely excited to be joining Scuderia AlphaTauri for 2023 and I want to thank both Red Bull and the team for giving me the opportunity to drive in F1.
“After Formula 2, I took a slightly different path with motorsport, but F1 has always been my dream and I’m grateful to be able to fulfil it. I’ve had a lot of chances to experience the 2022 car this year and I think that has put me in a great position for the upcoming season, I hope this has helped to prepare me for what is to come.”