Verstappen ‘When we eat together…’ Set up De Vries’ AlphaTauri contract? | Formula1-Data / F1 information and commentary of the latest news

Max Verstappen (Red Bull) apparently played a role in the 2023 F1 driver deal with Nick de Vries and AlphaTauri.

Ahead of qualifying for the Japanese F1 GP, AlphaTauri has announced that it will appoint De Vries, who replaced Alex Albon at the Italian GP in early September, as a replacement for Pierre Guthrie, who will transfer to Alpine.

Team principal Franz Tost admitted his debut performance at Monza was “an important factor”.

After qualifying on pole position at Suzuka, Verstappen revealed he had dinner with De Vries after the Monza weekend and suggested he call Red Bull Racing motorsport adviser Helmut Marko. .

“We’re good friends and after Monza we had dinner together and I said to him, ‘By the way, call him[Marco]’.

“I think I called at the right time and Helmut was still excited after Monday’s race, so it worked out.”

Helmut Marko seems to have made a quick decision and Verstappen explained: “I don’t think there was any discussion after Monza.”

“If Helmut likes it, he’s the kind of person who will dare to put him in the car. Other teams might be a bit more careful.”

Verstappen was delighted to see his fellow Dutchman’s dream come true.

“It’s great news for him. He’s been chasing it for a long time and finally got his chance.”

“I’m really happy when I think of him.”

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