Nicholas Latifi has conceded his days in System 1 are numbered, the soon-to-be ex-Williams driver “not” seeing a approach again onto the grid.
Arriving on the System 1 grid in 2020 on the again of his runner-up end within the System 2 championship, Latifi was underneath strain from the very first inexperienced mild given his pay-driver tag.
Failing to attain in his debut marketing campaign didn’t assist the state of affairs, regardless that his team-mate George Russell additionally couldn’t get off the mark, whereas an improved displaying in 2021 was hammered by his end-of-season-crash and the half it performed within the final result of the title race.
Struggling to get going this season, rumours of his pending exit have been quashed again and again by Williams CEO Jost Capito till such time as each events acknowledged enchancment was not taking place.
The group introduced after the Italian Grand Prix this season could be Latifi’s final, the driving force lastly scoring two races later with P9 in Japan.
Latifi is one in all three 2022 drivers who won’t be on the grid subsequent season, the listing together with the retiring Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.
However not like Ricciardo’s dream, there isn’t a comeback story awaiting Latifi.
“I believe the one approach I might take into account a 3rd driver function is that if I noticed a practical option to return to the grid in System 1 which, talking bluntly and actually, I don’t see to be the case,” he advised the Past the Grid podcast.
Latifi’s present team-mate, Alex Albon, is a comeback story, the Thai-British racer dropped by Crimson Bull on the finish of the 2020 season, demoted to order driver earlier than securing a return to the grid with Williams this yr.
He has gone on to signal a brand new long-term cope with the Grove-based group.
“Clearly Alex did that final yr (got here again),” mentioned Latifi. “So he confirmed it’s doable, however I believe he was in possibly a unique state of affairs with Crimson Bull.
“Arguably, Crimson Bull didn’t want to switch him. They usually even sort of mentioned ‘effectively, it was a really laborious determination, we nonetheless clearly worth him very extremely’.
“As such, they stored him in within the fold and he was nonetheless very a lot concerned. I believe it’s nice he’s again on the grid as a result of I believe he completely deserved to be on the grid.
“However me personally, simply to be a reserve driver with none clear path of creating a return, it’s in all probability not one thing I might wish to do as a result of being a reserve driver shouldn’t be what I see as my long-term profession.”
The Canadian is weighing up his choices for subsequent season, which vary from taking a yr away from racing to becoming a member of IndyCar or attempting his hand at endurance racing.
“If I can’t discover one thing that’s appropriate for me subsequent yr, I would probably take a yr off to place collectively one thing higher for the next yr,” he mentioned.
“All of the choices are nonetheless open. I’m nonetheless younger, I’m 27.
“I clearly really feel I’ve some issues to supply, in order that’s to not say 100 per cent I wish to do IndyCar, 100 per cent I wish to do endurance racing, 100 per cent I’m not racing or taking a yr off.
“It’s not likely rather more, many extra juicy particulars to present, it’s nonetheless sort of undecided and maintaining the choices open and simply sort of wanting to finish these final two races on a excessive.”
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