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

One extra chair strikes on the F1 grid for subsequent 12 months. Change is at Williams, who lately renewed their contract with Alexander Albon: the workforce will minimize ties with Nicholas Latifi after three seasons with the Canadian driver. He will stay with the workforce till the top of 2022, however he has not but introduced a alternative, nor his destiny in 2023.

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– On behalf of the whole workforce, I would love to say thanks to Nikolas. He is a superb workforce participant, has a excessive regard for his colleagues and his work, and is extremely regarded and revered all through the corporate. I do know he’ll do his greatest to maximize what we will do collectively this season. We want him all of the luck for his future – mentioned Jost Capito, head of the British workforce.


Nicholas Latifi on the 2022 Italian F1 GP press convention — Photo: Marco Canoniero/LightRocket by way of 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 number of events, however automotive inefficiency and a few strategic errors, in addition to breaks, undermined their possibilities and the workforce ended the 12 months with zero factors.

In 2021, Williams lastly handed on the championship torch, scoring for the primary time with seventh for Latifi and eighth for Russell on the Hungarian Grand Prix, returning to his double top-ten end in Belgium because the Canadian certified ninth and the younger Brit his first podium. positioned in second place – in follow, since there was no race -.

– So on the finish of the 12 months I’ll half methods with Williams. I’m honored to have represented them for the previous 3 years. Big thanks to the entire workforce – it has been a unbelievable journey and I’ve loved each second of it. Determined to finish 2022 on a optimistic observe. We have six races left! – tweeted the pilot.

Russell nonetheless scored two extra factors final season (Italy and Russia), however Latifi would as soon as once more be marked by misfortune: he crashed within the closing 5 laps of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the ultimate stage of the 12 months.

The collision began a spiral of occasions that culminated in Max Verstappen’s victory and subsequent world conquest, and controversial race route choices that led to Michael Masi’s resignation as FIA race director. Latifi was additionally the goal of dying threats over the incident.

The security automotive leads within the closing laps of the Abu Dhabi F1 GP – Photo: XPB Images

This season has additionally began poorly for the Canadian, overshadowed by his new teammate Alexander Albon.

Thai, who retired from F1 in 2021 after being sacked by RBR, has already began scoring on the third race of the 12 months and has received 4 of Williams’ six factors within the 2022 Constructors’ World Championship.

Also weighing towards Latif was the great efficiency of his former Formula 2 rival Nyck de Vries: the Dutchman was known as up to change Albon on the Italian Grand Prix, recognized with appendicitis, and crossed the end line in ninth place in his debut race. from F1

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Nyck de Vries earlier than his first F1 Grand Prix with Williams – Photo: ANP by way of Getty Images

The driver of the No. 6 automotive received a complete of seven factors within the 55 GPs performed to this point. His greatest race end result was seventh place, and his greatest beginning grid positions have been three tenths: in Belgium (2021), England and Italy (2022). The Canadian’s greatest season final 12 months ended with seventeenth place within the Drivers’ Championship.

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