Williams confirms farewell to Latifi at the end of the season

Nicholas Latifi For the first time in Formula 1 with Williams Early in the 2020 season, he signed a three-year contract, but struggled to match his teammates George Russell And Alex Albon in terms of results.

The Canadian driver’s departure had been expected for several months, but on Friday morning Williams confirmed the news, revealing that his expiring contract would not be extended further.

Grove’s team also said it would announce a replacement for Latifi, who will join Albon in 2023, “in due course.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the Williams Racing team, all the people working at the plant and those I’ve been working with on the track for the past three years,” Latifi said in a press release.

“My first Formula 1 participation was postponed due to the pandemic, but in the end we left Austria, and even if we didn’t get the results we were hoping for, it was a great trip.”

“Getting my first points in Hungary last year was a moment I will never forget and I will move on to the next chapter of my career with a special memory of my time with this team. I know none of us will stop working hard until the end of the season.”

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW 44

Photography: Alessio Morghese

Latifi failed to score during his first full season with Williams, when the team was battling at the back of the net. His first major result in Formula One came in Hungary last year when he finished seventh, helping Williams secure his first points after more than two years.

But after last year’s Abu Dhabi season finale accident and the subsequent safety car impact on the championship, Latifi was subjected to death threats and severe online abuse, which affected him psychologically.

This season Latifi failed to finish the race past 12th, while Albon and Nick de Vries – who replaced Albon at Monza – both managed to score points for Williams.

Just Capito, Williams Formula 1 Team Principal, praised Latifi, describing him as a “great team player, with a great attitude towards colleagues and work and respected throughout the company”.

“Our time together is coming to an end, but I know he will do everything in his power to maximize what we can do together for the rest of this season,” Capito said. “We wish him all the best in his future, both in and out of the cockpit.”

Latifi has told Zandvoort that he will not consider other options for 2023 until his future with Williams is decided, but the chances of staying on the Formula 1 grid look remote.

It is known that Williams is considering de Vries to sign full-time in 2023, but the team faces competition from Alps and AlphaTauri for Dutch signature.

Another option for Williams He is one of the pilots in his academy, Logan Sargent, which is currently in Formula 2 and needs the top five to get a Super license. Can be another run after that Antonio Giovinazzi.

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