You don’t have to worry about Mercedes: de Vries bringing their knowledge to Red Bull. –

De Vries was a spare driver throughout the season and followed the weekend races in the Mercedes garage. He took part in the team’s FP1 session when he replaced Lewis Hamilton in France. In Singapore, he had to take a step back when it became clear that he would get an AlphaTauri pilot job next season. He no longer participated in weekend meetings as the flow of technical information ceased, and these deployments continued in Japan. However, the team hasn’t started a rookie FP1 session yet, and de Vries is expected to drive George Russell’s car in Mexico on Friday. Elliott said the team isn’t concerned that de Vries can get a taste of the latest team developments before heading to rival camps. “I’m really glad he got the opportunity,” Elliott said. “It might be a shame to go where he is going, but it really is. “I think he deserves this opportunity. I think he showed a very good driver. It was really nice to have him in the garage. He was a really nice guy, very involved and understood the car. “I believe we can trust him, we can get him in the car, we can test with him and we won’t see what he doesn’t want to see. I can, and I think he will do a good job. job. Elliott noted that de Vries did relatively few of his simulations while concentrating on his racing program. “He did quite a bit. Of course, he also drives time-consuming Formula E. “But F1 is changing too fast. Learning goes so fast that what he did a year ago probably didn’t help him particularly. I think what he can take from here is the way we work together, our processes and systems. “As I said, all we want to do is wish him well. Don’t worry, the way he treated us was very respectful. De Vries emphasized that unlike Russell, he is not a Mercedes protege, so he is always free to go elsewhere. “I think I’ve been considered a Mercedes-Benz driver for the last few years, when I raced for them in Formula E and worked as a backup driver in F1,” said the 27-year-old pilot. Of course, we’ve built a very friendly relationship over the year, so they’ve supported and helped us a lot: “But at the same time I’m here to take care of my own interests. Of course, I’m disappointed that they lose something. I hope you don’t know! You can [have to] Ask them this question. “But they are also happy to me and to have a grid opportunity in F1 next year. »
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