Jost Capito continues to defend Nicholas Latifi after Monza loss to a debutant : PlanetF1

Jost Capito appears decided to not throw Nicholas Latifi beneath the bus, saying the Canadian was beneath “fairly extra” stress than Nyck de Vries on the Italian Grand Prix.

De Vries made his Formulation 1 debut at Monza, racing his technique to ninth place, whereas Latifi’s point-less run continued with a P15.

It had pundits saying the time has come for Williams to say goodbye to Latifi with former F1 driver Robert Doornbos calling on Capito to be “man sufficient” to drop him.

Capito, nevertheless, is set to maintain his driver’s confidence up.

Though Latifi was out-qualified, out-raced and out-scored by his one-off Dutch team-mate, the Williams CEO pointed to the stress he was beneath in comparison with De Vries.

“I believe that’s a standard race driver’s stress isn’t it?” he advised Sky Sports activities’ Martin Brundle at Monza. “You at all times should be higher than your team-mates.

“And I believe the stress for Nikki is kind of greater than for Nyck. As a result of he’s within the automotive for all yr after which Nyck units the bar understanding he simply jumped in so the stress is much less on him.”

Following the Monza race there have been plenty of requires De Vries to be given a 2023 Formulation 1 race seat, whether or not it’s with Williams or one other crew.

The Dutchman has spoken with Williams and AlphaTauri with the latter reportedly main the operating.

However whereas Williams could but lose the reigning Formulation E champion to a rival crew, Capito says he gained’t be rushed in his determination.

“I believe we’re in no rush,” he mentioned. “There are too many balls within the air proper now and we’ve acquired nonetheless the time to determine and see how he [Latifi] performs.

“However there are a number of choices and we’re not in a rush.”

Having admitted Williams had “talked to a few drivers for ’23”, Capito was pressed throughout a press convention on the place that left Latifi.

“That’s inside us,” he merely mentioned, “and I don’t disclose that right here.”

As for what the 27-year-old can do within the closing six races of the season to make sure it’s not the ultimate six of his profession, Capito mentioned: “I believe he has to indicate his potential. I consider he has the potential.”

Williams do have a Formulation 2 driver on the books who’s proving to be fairly the star, Logan Sargeant.

Logan Sargeant removes his earpiece. Le Mans August 2021.

The 21-year-old American is third within the Formulation 2 standings with 4 podiums, two of which have been wins. He additionally has two pole positions.

And as an American, AutoHebdo stories he’d be a welcome addition for Williams’ proprietor Dorilton Capital.

“Dorilton Capital, the American proprietor of the Williams crew, wouldn’t be in opposition to the concept of getting Logan Sargeant within the second seat,” stories the French publication.

Williams have already confirmed one half of their line-up signing Alex Albon to a brand new multi-year deal.

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