With Mercedes likely to quit Formula E after next season, it is offering its drivers, Nick de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne, the chance to find new housing before 2023. Both will take part in the famous IndyCar test at Sebring.
Nick de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne compete in Formula E for the Mercedes team. Last season, 27-year-old de Vries crowned himself world champion in the electric racing category, but soon after that success, Mercedes announced that it would pull the plug on the project at the end of 2022, after the eighth season. With this they will leave the sport before the arrival of the new generation of Formula E cars, the so-called Gen3. The team may then continue to exist, but as a private team.
With Mercedes leaving Formula E at the end of 2022, De Vries and Vandoorne must look for alternative options for 2023. However, the two drivers are already getting a chance to put themselves in the spotlight in another class: IndyCar. De Vries and Vandoorne will take part in the IndyCar test in Sebring on December 6, according to reports Racer.com.
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De Vries will join Meyer Shank Racing for this test. This team already has a squad ready for 2022, although not quite as young. Experienced 37-year-old IndyCar champ and Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud and 46-year-old Helio Castroneves, who took his fourth Indy 500 victory this year. With De Vries testing, they may already be looking forward to 2023, when the Dutchman has no seat in the race.
Vandoorne, in turn, will join the Arrow McLaren SP team. The 29-year-old Belgian already knows McLaren, which he drove in Formula 1 in 2017 and 2018. Nico Hulkenberg previously did a test for this team, but the former F1 driver decided to give up an adventure in the US for personal reasons. Arrow McLaren SP would like to go from two to three cars by 2023, which would also provide another opportunity for Vandoorne to operate at that time.
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