Nyck de Vries could make a return to Formula E

Nyck de Vries could make a return to Formula E

The Formula E paddock has already developed a strong sense of expectation that Nyck de Vries will return in 2024.

This expectation will undoubtedly grow in Rome this weekend as a result of the 2021 FE world champion’s departure from the AlphaTauri Formula 1 team after just 10 Grands Prix.

As it stands, Nissan or Maserati MSG appear to be the two positions that De Vries will most likely occupy.

De Vries was set to drive for Maserati in Formula E this year, but AlphaTauri snatched him up after his point-scoring F1 debut with Williams at Monza last September.

De Vries, who was also in line for a Toyota WEC drive alongside the Maserati contract prior to his F1 move, would likely pursue a manufacturer seat in Formula E after leaving AlphaTauri, as well as maybe something similar in the World Endurance Championship.

If Nissan decides not to extend Norman Nato’s contract this summer, it might have an empty FE slot.

De Vries may need to repeat what Sebastien Buemi did between 2018 and 2022 if he wants to pursue a dual program, as he would have done this year. To represent Nissan and Toyota, two rival Japanese automakers.

However, according to reports a similar strategy to his original 2023 plan, which called for him to compete for Toyota and Maserati MSG, is unlikely given that the Formula E team already has Edoardo Mortara under contract.

Maserati MSG also have another possibility on Maximilian Guenther who has been instrumental in helping Maserati earn the majority of its points this year and its first victory, and is currently racing for the team.

Additionally, Maserati is very interested in Felipe Drugovich who is the current Aston Martin F1 reserve driver, taking Guenther’s spot for 2024 if he plans to race in Formula E. This Friday in Rome during the rookie-only practice session, the current F2 champion will participate for a second time with the team.

It seems improbable that de Vries will reunite with his former team Mercedes, which recently changed its name to McLaren. For the 2024 season, Rene Rast and Jake Hughes are anticipated to continue racing under the team.

Later this month, some significant pieces of the Formula E puzzle will come together. One of its seven former champions’ futures could be among them.

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