De Vries supporter takes F1 rookie to court

Fast track proceedings have been initiated against F1 rookie Nyck de Vries

Fast track proceedings have been initiated against F1 rookie Nyck de Vries

Nyck de Vries has been subjected to summary proceedings following a disagreement with a supporter of his youth career.

The Dutchman is joining Scuderia AlphaTauri for the 2023 Formula One season after making a cameo appearance for Williams at last year’s Italian Grand Prix.

A report in De telegraph Jeroen Schothorst has initiated urgent proceedings against the Formula E world champion.

Schothorst, who works in real estate, offered financial support to de Vries in the early stages of his career.

The repayment of this support is at the center of the dispute, it is said.

Schothorst is reported to have lent out €250,000 in 2018 and in subsequent years raked in a three percent return under the deal in a deal that expired at the end of 2022.

However, it is alleged that a clause states that de Vries must pay half of all earnings from Formula 1.

The 27-year-old worked in a support role for Mercedes while on standby for a number of other teams including Aston-MartinWilliams and McLaren.

That saw him was used in Monza last year when he made his F1 debut.

It is understood that the de Vries camp argues that his cameo and other responsibilities did not constitute a permanent role. Schothorst disputes this point.

“Let me first say that I think it’s fantastic for Nyck that he has achieved success as a Formula 1 driver and that two Dutch drivers will be starting at the Dutch Grand Prix in August,” said Schothorst De telegraph.

“We invested in de Vries’ career at a crucial time when nobody wanted it anymore.

“Today we do not agree on the interpretation of the agreement that we concluded with each other at the time.

“Things like this happen and unfortunately we cannot avoid going to court.

“Actually, we would have preferred to see it differently, but that doesn’t change the fact that as a motorsport fan I wish Nyck every success in his future career.”

De Vries’ lawyer has claimed that his client offered to pay back the €250,000 plus the €190,000 already repaid.

This was denied with a February 3 court date for summary proceedings against de Vries.


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