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Nyck de Vries

Video: Mercedes 'punish' de Vries for switching to Red Bull family

After serving as Mercedes' reserve driver, Nyck de Vries is now departing the team for a full-time F1 seat with AlphaTauri in 2023. The Silver Arrows couldn't let him go without giving him their traditional send-off at Abu Dhabi, though...

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Nyck de Vries has been given a send-off to remember by Mercedes as he prepares to join Red Bull's sister team AlphaTauri in 2023.

The Dutchman had held the role of reserve driver for the Silver Arrows but, after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, his duties officially came to an end, with the Dutchman set to test for his new squad at post-season testing during the week ahead.

As such, he said goodbye to Mercedes following the race at the Yas Marina Circuit and in the process experienced one of the team's traditions – those who leave are 'dumped' in the marina.

Later, de Vries was tied to a trolley usually reserved for storing tyres and taken to AlphaTauri by the Silver Arrows' crew.

Watch footage of de Vries' memorable send-off below!

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