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Latifi is leaving Williams in 2023




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This was introduced by Williams Nicholas Latifi will depart the crew method 1 on the finish of the 2022 season.

Latifi made his Formula 1 debut with Williams at the beginning of 2020 on a three-year deal, however has struggled to match his team-mates. George Russell and Alex Alban throughout your time on the crew. The Canadian’s departure had been anticipated for a number of months, however Williams confirmed the information on Friday, revealing that his contract wouldn’t be renewed.

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Williams mentioned he would announce a substitute for Latifi “in due course.”

“I’d prefer to take this chance to thank everybody at Williams Racing – all of the folks on the manufacturing unit and people I work with on the observe – over the previous three years,” Latifi mentioned in an announcement.

“My preliminary F1 debut was delayed as a result of pandemic, however we lastly began in Austria and though we did not get the outcomes we had been hoping for collectively, it was nonetheless a improbable journey.

“Getting my first factors in Hungary final yr was a second I’ll always remember and I’ll transfer on to the subsequent chapter of my profession with particular reminiscences of my time with this devoted crew. I do know none of us will cease making an attempt till the top of the season.”

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW44

Photo: Alessio Morghese

Latifi failed to attain any factors in his first full season at Williams because the crew struggled from the again of the grid. His first outcome in the division got here in Hungary final yr when he completed seventh, serving to the crew to its first factors in greater than two years.

But since his season-ending crash in Abu Dhabi final yr and the next influence of the security automobile on the championship, Latifi has been topic to critical loss of life threats and on-line abuse which has affected him mentally.

Latifi has failed to complete a race larger than twelfth to date this season, whereas Albon and Nick de Vries – who changed Albon at Monza – managed to attain factors for Williams.

Williams F1 boss Jost Capito paid tribute to Latifi as “a terrific crew participant who has a terrific perspective in the direction of his colleagues and work and is well-liked and revered all through the enterprise”.

“Our time collectively is coming to an finish, however I do know he’ll do his greatest to maximise what we are able to do for the remainder of this season,” Capito mentioned.

“We want him one of the best for the longer term, each in and out of the cockpit.”

Latifi mentioned at Zandvoort that he wouldn’t think about different race choices for 2023 till his future with Williams is determined, however his possibilities of staying on the F1 grid look distant.

Williams is understood to be contemplating de Vries for a everlasting place in 2023, however the crew faces competitors from alpine and provides Alpha Tauri with a Dutch signature. Another choice for Williams is one in all their academy drivers, Logan Sargentwhich is at the moment working method 2 and should end in the highest 5 to safe a brilliant license.

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