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De Vries plays down investment rumours

  • Published on 02 Nov 2018 16:37
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Nyck de Vries has calmed rumours that Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo was set to invest in his career in order to increase his chances of a seat in Formula 1. The Formula 2 racer took to social media to clarify the situation in which he confirmed the company would not be investing in his career.

"There have been rumours in the media about myself and Jumbo in relation to Williams,” De Vries said. “To clarify things, Jumbo is not and will not invest any money in my career. Of course we are collectively looking at career opportunities, however this is certainly not our philosophy and strategy. I hope to announce my future plans soon.”

De Vries has been linked to the second Williams seat which is still up for grabs. Last month, the Grove squad confirmed that Mercedes junior George Russell would join for the 2019 after he signed a multi-year deal.

Williams has stated that whoever partners the F2 championship leader next year must bring financial backing to the team, with drivers such as Sergey Sirotkin, Robert Kubica and Esteban Gutierrez linked with the second seat.

It is believed that Williams is looking at around the £15m to £20m mark as title sponsor Martini will depart at the end of the season. De Vries has competed in Formula 2 for the past two years, picking up four wins and a further seven podiums in his time with Rapax, Racing Engineering and Prema.

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  • Savio

    Posts: 145

    quite good

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    • Nov 2 2018 - 16:50
  • Williams news... they never fail to piss me off.

    "Williams has stated that whoever partners the F2 championship leader next year must bring financial backing to the team"

    What a great philosophy

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    • Nov 2 2018 - 20:57
    • And so Williams became the new Sauber. An unreliable mess with poor cars and high expectations.. Especially on the money front.

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      • Nov 3 2018 - 08:26
    • Bhurt

      Posts: 320

      @Calle - when did Sauber have high expectations?

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      • Nov 4 2018 - 10:07
    • Only in the bank. ;) But seriously, for a long time now, their only goal seem to have been surviving. With the new structure, they have changed that attitude, and thats only a fortunate thing.

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      • Nov 4 2018 - 14:01
  • times have changed...
    even if he had the backing, Nyck is nowhere near good enough for F1
    Ocon - it ll be an F-ing step down for him, and it looks like he s not even in the running because of the $$
    Williams are far from the champs they used to be

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    • Nov 2 2018 - 22:09
  • blade

    Posts: 341

    Piss poor. WTF are Williams doing - I get it they need more money to compete - surely to god they can find a title sponsor with their history? Might be I'm being naive but do they have the calibre of personnel to triumph in the marketing dept? Look what Jackie Stewart was able to do for Stewart and then Jaguar - these big hitters are out there - employ one for gods sake. On current run rate how long before Williams have to contemplate a sale to a manufacturer - maybe VW?

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    • Nov 2 2018 - 22:10
  • sadosalo

    Posts: 198

    please CALL.ITW Sauber has/have quality drivers and a far better car than Williams.

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    • Nov 3 2018 - 23:11
    • Please salo, Im looking at the previous years, when Sauber eagerly chased wellfunded little boys like a dog chases its own tail, with about the same success.

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      • Nov 4 2018 - 01:50
    • or that time when they signed 3 drivers...

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      • Nov 4 2018 - 15:36

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