Latifi to depart Williams at finish of 2022 F1 season

September 23, 2022

Latifi made his F1 debut with Williams initially of the 2020 season on a three-year contract, however struggled to match teammates George Russell and Alex Albon for kind throughout his time on the workforce.

The Canadian’s departure has been extensively anticipated for quite a lot of months, however Williams confirmed the information on Friday, revealing his contract is not going to be prolonged.

Williams stated it’ll announce Latifi’s alternative as Albon’s teammate “sooner or later.”

“I wish to take this chance to thank everybody at Williams Racing – all of the individuals again on the manufacturing unit and people I work with trackside – for the final three years,” stated Latifi in a press release.

“My preliminary F1 debut was postponed as a result of pandemic however we finally bought moving into Austria and, though we’ve not achieved the outcomes collectively we hoped we’d, it is nonetheless been a unbelievable journey.

“Getting these first factors in Hungary final yr was a second I am going to always remember, and I’ll transfer onto the subsequent chapter of my profession with particular recollections of my time with this devoted workforce. I do know none of us will cease placing in each effort till the top of the season.”

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Latifi failed to attain any factors via his first full season at Williams because the workforce struggled behind the grid. His first F1 rating arrived in Hungary final yr when he completed seventh, serving to Williams rating its first factors for over two years.

However following his crash in final yr’s Abu Dhabi season finale and the impression of the next security automobile on the championship, Latifi was topic to demise threats and vital abuse on-line, impacting him mentally.

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW44

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW44

Photograph by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Photos

Latifi has failed to complete a race any larger than twelfth up to now this season, whereas each Albon and Nyck de Vries – who deputised for Albon at Monza – have managed to attain factors for Williams.

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

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“Our time collectively is now coming to an finish, however I do know he’ll put full effort in to maximise what we will do collectively for the rest of this season,” stated Capito.

“We want him all the perfect of luck for his future, each out and in of the cockpit.”

Latifi stated at Zandvoort he wouldn’t contemplate every other racing choices for 2023 till his future with Williams was outlined, however possibilities of staying on the F1 grid appear distant.

Williams is understood to be contemplating de Vries for a full-time seat in 2023, however the workforce faces competitors from each Alpine and AlphaTauri for the Dutchman’s signature.

Another choice for Williams is one among its academy drivers, Logan Sargeant, who presently races in Formulation 2 and wishes a top-five end to safe a superlicence.