Latifi insists he’ll end 2022 F1 season

Within the round-up: Nicholas Latifi is sue he’ll end the 2022 Method 1 season as hypothesis mounts over his future.

Briefly

Latifi: “I’m going to be driving for the remainder of the yr”

Regardless of a troublesome begin to his third season at Williams, Latifi has insisted that he see out the yr on the staff. “I do know I’m going to be driving for the remainder of the yr,” he mentioned when requested about his future after Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix. “I don’t actually have any remark to say about that,” he added.

Alpine reserve driver Oscar Piastri has been linked to the drive. Some have claimed Latifi will make his closing F1 begin in his house race this weekend earlier than making manner for the reigning Method 2 champion.

Latifi admitted his place on the staff in 2023 is unsure. “I positively really feel I’m below strain,” he mentioned. “I feel it might be the identical for for any driver who doesn’t have a contract for for the next yr.

“I feel that strain is all the time there, no matter whether or not I used to be having nice performances or the place I’m now, which is clearly not the place I wish to be.”

“I clearly know I want to enhance,” Latifi admitted. “I wish to enhance. I’m not pleased with the best way issues are proper now, so I simply blissful to try to maintain making steps to enhance it.”

Midfield groups’ growth at essential level to outline order

Pierre Gasly says that the extremely tight midfield means groups’ subsequent rounds of upgrades will likely be essential to defining the last word order.

“I’m fairly certain on each race weekend you’ll be able to already anticipate which staff are going to be quick, which staff are going to wrestle extra,” Gasly remarked after scoring his greatest results of the season up to now within the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. “However we’re additionally going to have, not now, however some upgrades coming, different groups are going to convey some upgrades and this may evolve.

“As a result of in the meanwhile, we noticed it in quali, our midfield is a battle clearly between the highest 4, then there’s a universe between fourth place and fifth place, however then from 5 to 6 groups, all just about inside three-tenths. So I feel that the event over the following few weeks, will likely be essential.”

Drugovich is perhaps “just a little bit extra cautious” in the direction of finish of season

Method 2 championship chief Felipe Drugovich prolonged his lead over Théo Pourchaire to 49 factors final weekend, however admitted mentioned “it’s nonetheless actually early to say” whether or not the title is a practical chance.

“There’s many extra factors accessible than what I’ve within the hole to P2. Théo has accomplished job and there’s additionally loads of guys coming quick behind so we simply want to attend and see. I’ll do my greatest.”

He’s ready to be extra cautious at sure rounds to make sure he continues amassing championship factors.

“We attempt to do our greatest as all the time, however on the identical time I feel the one factor I’d change, in the direction of the top, is being just a little bit extra cautious,” Drugovich mentioned. “Particularly in tracks like [Baku] the place we now have chaotic races.

“Other than that, we simply have to attempt to be quick and that’s it. Upon getting qualifying every part will get simpler.”

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