Williams and Latifi agreed to half methods on the finish of the 2022 season, because the Canadian has been unable to indicate the continued development from final season and is but to bother the scorers.
This brings an finish to Latifi’s time as a Williams race driver after three seasons, because the Grove outfit considers choices to associate Alex Albon on the crew for 2023.
Explaining Williams’ determination, the Toronto native stated that the crew had concluded to not preserve him after Monza, however that the decision got here after assessing the previous few races – quite than in response to Nyck de Vries’ starring function as an alternative choice to Albon on the Italian Grand Prix.
“It is easy, actually; it is a results-based trade, and clearly the efficiency hasn’t been there this 12 months for a lot of totally different causes,” Latifi stated.
“The crew needed to decide a choice that felt finest for them. They usually needed to transfer in a distinct route. So yeah, very, quite simple.
“I perceive the choice, clearly. And I simply sort of have to, properly, I’ve already accepted it and transfer on with the subsequent section of my profession.
“I am positively happy with what I did. In a means, it is sort of made it simpler for me to just accept the choice, as a result of I do not actually have any regrets about how I went about doing the work – both off the monitor or on the monitor.
“It simply did not work out. So yeah, no regrets from my aspect.”
Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW44
Photograph by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Photographs
After making his debut in 2020, Latifi earned a second season with Williams and confirmed progress from his rookie 12 months, getting nearer to then team-mate George Russell on extra events and scoring seven factors. Most notably, he outperformed Russell in his run to seventh on the Hungarian Grand Prix.
However Latifi admits that he was unable to adapt to the FW44, constructed to the change in laws for 2022, and felt that it not often gave him the boldness to indicate his finest.
“Naturally the philosophy of those automobiles, not essentially our automobile, however it’s sort of added to the issue and driveability. They’re clearly very totally different, they’re extra on edge, much less compliant, much less forgiving – partly as a result of the tyre, partly as a result of the aerodynamics, the stiffness, so on.
“On face worth, they’re simply not as good to drive with them. And our automobile on the whole, for instance, had some elementary flaws within the stability. So that is one factor I would say by way of the general downforce you might have, which we all know we’re missing downforce.
“Clearly it is a difficulty as a result of you realize, downforce is…you at all times need extra. And we all know we’re missing so much as a result of after we get to the utmost downforce tracks we’re the least aggressive, or the much less aggressive in comparison with different tracks.
“However yeah, for me, it is simply the sort of elementary dealing with of the automobile, the stability.
“With final 12 months’s automobile, I did really feel fairly a bit higher. However nonetheless, to be sincere, that was by no means was a automobile that suited my driving fashion, I did have to alter rather a lot and adapt fairly a bit.
“However I simply discover it simpler to cope with final 12 months’s. And that is simply the philosophy of that regulation of automobile was a bit simpler, whereas this 12 months, it simply by no means clicked.”