Williams rules out Latifi and F1 awaits next announcement to set grid – 23/09/2022
Williams has moved the lacking piece on the chessboard within the F1 driver market. He introduced Latifi’s departure, which formalized the fourth vacant spot on the 2023 grid.
In an announcement on Friday, the English group mentioned it will not renew the contract of the Canadian driver, who has been there since 2020, and thanked him for his providers. “Nicolas has all the time had a optimistic angle in direction of his teammates and is revered by all. We want him all of the luck on this planet, whether or not he is within the cockpit or out of it,” mentioned Capito, the group principal.
As for F1, it’ll most likely be out of the cockpit. For all his meals magnate father’s wealth, Latifi has no curiosity from another group within the community.
Understandable. For three seasons I did not say what it was about. There have been 55 GPs and solely 7 factors. This 12 months he’s the one driver to compete in all GPs and not rating factors. The last blow to Williams’ resolve got here in Italy 12 days in the past: he was overtaken by De Vries, who has by no means raced in Formula One.
It’s that outdated story… Money should purchase you a spot in F1. Staying is one other factor. When Latifi acquired there in 2020, the group was run by the Williams household and within the gap. Soon after, it was offered to Dorilton Capital, an funding fund. With his steadiness now, he tried to free himself from the backrest.
(Latifi, bear in mind, was runner-up in F2 in 2019, behind De Vries. Yes, the world turns…)
F1 now expects what’s within the third paragraph of the message. “Williams will reveal his duet shortly,” the assertion learn, additional confirming Albon “for 2023 and past.”
There are vacancies at Alpine, Haas, Alfa Romeo.
The next announcement from Williams or Alpine shall be sufficient to draw the grid.
The most quoted for the vacant place within the England group, as I wrote right here firstly of the week, is Sargent. This isn’t any sigh of aid: he’s third in Formula 2 and wants to end the championship within the prime 5 to get the tremendous licence. But it does carry one thing that has develop into valuable to F1: the small American flag sewn into the belt of the swimsuit.
De Vries can even paint there, not least due to his lengthy affiliation with Mercedes. But in latest days, Red Bull has invested within the Dutchman. He desires to take him as Tsunoda’s accomplice in AlphaTauri, which can release Gasly to compete in Alpine.
Excluded is Schumacher, who has a strained relationship with Haas.
If Williams pronounces Sargeant, the puzzle shall be put collectively – Alfa Romeo doubtless to renew with Zhou and Haas to go together with Schumacher or Hulkenberg, the everlasting.
If Alpine pronounces Gasly or if AlphaTauri confirms De Vries, the identical factor will occur: the items are in place, the puzzle is full.
Finally, if there’s a turnaround and Williams pronounces De Vries, Alpine may have a giant drawback: it’ll have to search for a driver available in the market. Ricciardo madly helps this state of affairs.