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F1 2023: Williams not to renew Latifi after three seasons | formula 1

Another chair is being moved to the F1 grid for subsequent yr. The change is at Williams, which just lately renewed the contract with Alexander Albon: the crew will finish its relationship with Nicolas Latifi after three seasons with the Canadian driver. He stays with the crew till the tip of 2022, however a substitute has but to be introduced, nor his destiny in 2023.

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– On behalf of the whole crew, I would really like to say an enormous thanks to Nicolas. He is a superb teammate, has nice respect for his colleagues and his work, and is very valued and revered all through the corporate. I do know he’ll do his greatest to maximize what we will do collectively for the remainder of this season. We want him luck sooner or later – stated Jost Capito, boss of the British crew.

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Nicholas Latifi on the Italian F1 GP 2022 press convention — Photo: Marco Canoniero/LightRocket through Getty Images

The 27-year-old Canadian made his F1 debut in 2020 alongside George Russell – now at Mercedes. The pair battled for factors on a collection of events, however automotive inefficiencies and a few strategic errors in addition to layoffs undermined the possibilities and the crew ended the yr with zero factors.

In 2021, Williams lastly left the championship torch: he scored for the primary time with seventh for Latifi and eighth for Russell on the Hungarian GP and returned to have his top-ten double in Belgium when the Canadian completed ninth within the classification, and the younger Briton, together with his first podium, was in second place – as there was virtually no competitors.

– So I’m parting methods with Williams on the finish of the yr. It has been an honor to symbolize them for the previous 3 years. Huge thanks to all of the crew – it has been a tremendous journey and I’ve loved each second of it. Determined to finish 2022 positively. We have six races left! – chirped the pilot.

Russell did take two extra factors final season (Italy and Russia), however Latifi would once more be beset by misfortune: he crashed within the ultimate 5 laps of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the ultimate stage of the yr.

The collision set off a spiral of occasions that culminated in Max Verstappen’s victory and subsequent world conquest, in addition to controversial race path choices that led to Michael Massi’s departure as FIA race director. Latifi was even the topic of dying threats for what occurred.

A security automotive leads the pack within the ultimate laps of the Abu Dhabi F1 GP – Photo: XPB Images

The present season additionally received off to a rocky begin for the Canadian, overshadowed by new teammate Alexander Albon.

The Thai, who retired from F1 in 2021 after being launched by RBR, has already began scoring within the third race of the yr and has gained 4 of the six factors Williams has within the 2022 World Constructors’ Championship.

Also weighing towards Latifi was the nice efficiency of Nick de Vries, his former Formula 2 rival: the Dutchman was referred to as up to the Italian Grand Prix to exchange Albon, recognized with appendicitis, and crossed the end line in ninth place in his debut race. of F1.

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Nick de Vries earlier than making his first F1 GP with Williams – Photo: ANP through Getty Images

The Car 6 driver has earned a complete of seven factors in 55 GPs performed up to now. His greatest race result’s seventh place, and his greatest grid positions are three tenths – in Belgium (2021), England and Italy (2022). The Canadian’s greatest season final yr ended with seventeenth place within the drivers’ championship.

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