Ex-McLaren Method 1 driver and 2015 GP2 Collection champion Vandoorne will get the chance to check an Arrow McLaren SP on 6 December, as McLaren CEO Zak Brown suggested he would in September, as a result of the group plans to develop to a few entries by 2023.
That very same day at Sebring, reigning FE champion De Vries’ alternative will come courtesy of the 2021 Indianapolis 500-winning Meyer Shank Racing squad as a result of “he’s a stand-out, a rockstar” in response to group founder and co-owner Mike Shank.
He advised Autosport: “We’re all the time trying to the longer term, it doesn’t matter what our present driver state of affairs is. We keep watch over who’s on the market, who’s performing effectively and enthusiastic about what are wants are going to be.
“We’re regularly constructing and evolving our group and from my perspective a minimum of, Nyck is a man that is known as a stand-out, a rockstar. Method 2 champion, Method E champion…
“Is it a possible transfer for us? I don’t know, however I’m going to be sure that as we transfer ahead we’re protecting ourselves.
“He may very well be in a sportscar, he may very well be in an IndyCar – we simply need to see what he’s about, and so we’ve had this check scheduled for some time.
“It’ll be attention-grabbing to see how he compares with Vandoorne as they’re team-mates for Mercedes in Method E, however we all know they’re each superb drivers.
“And it’s unusual coincidence that the guy we announced today for our IMSA team, Tom Blomqvist, is team-mates with Vandoorne in WEC. It’s all intermingled and intertwined.”
Nick de Vries, Mercedes
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It’s a busy week for Meyer Shank Racing after the ultimate spherical of the 2021 IMSA SportsCar championship, as Blomqvist’s announcement was preceded by confirmation of Oliver Jarvis as the other full-time driver on the group for 2022.
The group’s third driver for endurance races might be confirmed this week – and is ready to be one among Meyer Shank Racing’s IndyCar stars, both Helio Castroneves or Simon Pagenaud, each of whom have received a number of races in sportscar prototypes.