‘He’s Toto Wolff’s insurance policy’ – Dutch racing driver suggests this sensation would be Lewis Hamilton’s replacement at Mercedes


Dutch racing driver Tom Coronel says the sensation should replace Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton if they decide to part ways.

Lewis Hamilton is not having an ideal season in F1 this year. The Brit is also unable to beat George Russell, who is enjoying his first season with the Silver Arrows.

Therefore, with Hamilton winning it all and not deciding to fight any further, he may soon decide to retire. Or maybe Mercedes could see a better opportunity with any other driver if Hamilton’s performance wanes further.

The second scenario is unlikely. Either way, however, Dutch racing driver Tom Coronel believes Nyck de Vries, the 2019 F2 champion and current Formula E driver, should replace Hamilton.

“If Lewis Hamilton stops, Nyck de Vries will get the seat. Do you know why? As I’ve been saying for a year, Nyck is Toto Wolff’s insurance policy,” Coronel said on the RacingNews365 podcast. .nl.

Coronel states that this is not a suggestion for immediate change, he thinks Wolff would have a contingency plan for the future. In 2016, Wolff was left in a strange place when Nico Rosberg, out of nowhere, decided to retire. The Austrian would like to avoid a repeat.

“Of course he’s been through it once with Rosberg,” Coronel added. “I don’t mean he’s ‘using’ Nyck, but that’s why he keeps him close. He’s a boy who does everything he should have done. He’s won every championship he’s ever had. he should have won.

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Why does Nyck de Vries deserve Lewis Hamilton’s seat?

Coronel further highlights de Vries’ abilities, according to the Dutchman he did everything to secure an F1 seat. It also ranks him on par with Max Verstappen and Russell.

“Nyck comes from the generation of George Russell, Lando Norris and Max Verstappen. If you look at his track record and see what he’s still doing today, Nyck has never lacked for anything compared to other riders. That’s exactly what you get.

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