Formula One rookie Nyck De Vries has dismissed rumors that he may lose his seat at AlphaTauri, set by Red Bull‘s Helmut Marko. Reports suggested that Marko gave de Vries an ultimatum to improve his performance before the Spanish Grand Prix, or risk losing his seat. However, de Vries denied feeling any pressure and expressed that it’s typical for drivers to face pressure in this industry. While it’s not been a problem discussed with Marko, de Vries said conversations with bosses are normal.
De Vries joined AlphaTauri this year after his debut as a stand-in for Williams driver Alex Albon in last year’s Italian Grand Prix. The ex-Formula E champion has struggled and not replicated his impressive form this year. Head of the Red Bull driver program, Marko is well-known for demoting Daniil Kvyat and promoting Max Verstappen ahead of the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix when he thinks drivers aren’t performing well.
De Vries hasn’t been in specific conversation with the Austrian about the situation, though it’s normal to have conversations with bosses. As a driver, de Vries believes that it’s important to deliver continually to sustain their career and secure seats in teams. While several reports suggest that Daniel Ricciardo would replace him if he loses his seat, sources have confirmed that this is not the case.