Former backer says no one wanted to fund de Vries

The man suing Formula 1 rookie Nyck de Vries over a contract dispute says he continues to support Alpha Tauri’s new driver. According to the complaint, part of the deal would have seen Schothorst’s investment company taking half of de Vries’ F1 earnings – but only if he secured a race seat by 2022. But despite the conflict, Schothorst says he continues to cheer for his fellow Dutchman. “We invested in de Vries at an important point in his career when no one else wanted to. Opinions now differ as to how the deal was interpreted,” Schothorst added. According to de Vries’ lawyer, Schothorst has already rejected a proposed settlement. “Everything indicates that (Schothorst’s investment company) Investrand cannot digest the fact that de Vries only became a Formula 1 driver in 2023 and not in the last year of the contract,” said lawyer Jeroen Bedaux.

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