Former F1 driver Robert Doornbos has urged Jost Capito to be “man sufficient” to say Monza was it for Nicholas Latifi and drop him in favour of placing Nyck de Vries within the automobile subsequent season.
Though the Italian Grand Prix marked De Vries’ Components 1 debut, he did one thing Latifi has did not do all season, he scored factors.
The Dutch driver raced his approach to ninth place, scoring two factors as he stuffed in for Alex Albon after the motive force got here down with appendicitis, whereas Latifi, regardless of lining up two locations behind his new team-mate on the grid, fell all the best way to P15.
Pundits consider this ought to be the top of the road for the Canadian driver.
Latifi has been in Components 1 for 3 years and but was out-qualified and out-raced by De Vries, Doornbos saying it’s time for Williams workforce boss Capito to acknowledge the scenario.
The previous F1 driver believes he ought to “instantly” inform Latifi this season is his final and put the Mercedes-backed De Vries within the automobile in 2023.
“I feel it’s important to have a look at Mercedes-powered groups and there aren’t many locations left,” Motorsport.com quoted the Ziggo F1 analyst as having mentioned: “Aston Martin, McLaren and Mercedes are full, solely Williams has a spot left.
“Then Jost Capito should even be man sufficient to right away say: ‘This was it for Latifi and you’ll be in that automobile subsequent yr with Albon’.”
He reckons Williams received’t rush the choice and advised a deal between Williams and Mercedes for cheaper engines in trade for placing De Vries within the automobile.
“A workforce like Williams at all times takes a very long time with such a call, for them it is unnecessary to determine that now,” he mentioned. “They don’t seem to be in a rush and like to play the playing cards.
“If the receipt for the engine is excessive, Mercedes can nonetheless say that they want to have their very own driver in that seat and which may save half.”
However, he added: “There may be one other driver who has sponsorship and will get in that automobile.
“That can be the Components 1 world, there are solely twenty seats and plenty of drivers who can and need to race. One has extra expertise than the opposite, however there may be far more to it.
“Nyck doesn’t need to do something anymore, you by no means get a second probability to make a primary impression. He’s achieved an excellent job. Alpine or Williams ought to simply provide a seat if they need it.”
Nyck de Vries can’t depend on Mercedes’ assist
Nyck de Vries might have received the 2022 Components E title with Mercedes, attaining that purpose of their last season within the electrical sequence, however he can’t depend on Toto Wolff to assist his Components 1 bid.
The Austrian has made that clear a number of occasions.
“I can’t actually assist him,” he mentioned again in July. “We are able to’t actually inform any workforce to have a look at him and think about him as a result of that may be felt as an interference and that goes the opposite method.”
Two months later, whereas speaking about De Vries and the way a lot he deserves a spot on the grid, Wolff defined “we haven’t acquired a administration contract with him, we haven’t acquired any affect on his profession”.
And that’s simply the 2 most up-to-date feedback from the Mercedes motorsport boss, it’s as much as De Vries to safe a spot on the grid.
He did every little thing proper in what might turn into his one and solely massive audition, though as Max Verstappen put it, Latifi’s not precisely one of the best reference.
It will be attention-grabbing to see how the 27-year-old would do towards Albon, who would come out forward in that one. Alas until Capito listens to Doornbos, we might by no means know.
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