De Vries in the running as favourite for Alfa Romeo seat'.

De Vries in the running as favourite for Alfa Romeo seat'.

09-09-2021 14:46 Last update: 15:03

Much was revealed about the 2022 grid this week, but one seat on the grid remains a surprise: the second seat at Alfa Romeo. The team announced earlier this week that Valtteri Bottas will drive for the team starting next year.

Whether Antonio Giovinazzi will keep his seat is unknown, but there are several names that are mentioned as replacements. Formula 2 driver Guanyu Zhou is said to be in the running for the seat, as is Stoffel Vandoorne and also Dutchman Nyck de Vries.

When the second cockpit will be assigned is unknown, but an announcement could come at any time. According to reports from RTL it seems that Nyck de Vries is in the running as the favorite to take over the seat from Giovinazzi.

Friendly relationship with Vasseur

De Vries won the Formula E World Championship this season, putting him on the radar of F1 teams. The Dutchman has a friendly relationship with Alfa Romeo team boss Frédéric Vasseur and Toto Wolff is watching everything from the sidelines as his manager.

RTL also reports that Ferrari will remain Alfa Romeo's engine supplier, which does make Giovinazzi's position stronger. As a junior driver for Ferrari he would have an advantage here. We still have to be patient, but it won't be long before Alfa Romeo announces their second driver.