Latifi suffers heaviest defeat of any driver in 2022 as he bows out of F1 · RaceFans

Nicholas Latifi had a brand new workforce mate this 12 months however the outcome was little completely different. After one other heavy defeat – the worst any driver suffered this 12 months – he finds himself with out a place on the 2023 F1 grid.

Till the 2022 season started Latifi’s solely workforce mate in Components 1 had been George Russell (other than a one-off look by Jack Aitken). Russell’s pedigree was assured by his standing as a Mercedes driver and certain sufficient he went on to acquit himself beautifully alongside no much less a expertise than Lewis Hamilton this 12 months.

So having gone down 15-0 and 19-3 towards Russell in qualifying over his first two years as a Williams driver, would Latifi fare any higher towards Alexander Albon? No: Latifi solely claimed higher qualifying positions than his workforce mate on two events. These have been at Imola, the place Albon’s brakes caught hearth, and Silverstone, the place he wasn’t in a position to suss Williams’ improve package deal in time and Latifi prevailed in a moist qualifying session.

The season started disappointingly for Latifi, who had narrowed the hole to Russell in qualifying over the course of the earlier season, however discovered himself unwell relaxed with Williams’ new FW44 when the season started. Because the 12 months went on, progress was modest at finest, although on the finale Latifi certified simply two-hundredths of a second off his workforce mate.

Albon was seldom headed by Latifi throughout 2022

However arguably the one-off look of Nyck de Vries in Albon’s place confirmed up Latifi even worse. At Monza, a observe the workforce earmarked as a possible points-scoring venue for its downforce-light chassis, the Components E champion comfortably out-qualified Latifi, put the automotive into Q3 and introduced it residence nonetheless inside the highest 10.

On the level Latifi was nonetheless the one full-time driver but to attain factors. He prevented the ignominy of ending the 12 months point-less with a shrewd fast change onto intermediate rubber at a moist Suzuka, a gutsy gamble matched solely by Sebastian Vettel. Albon may need achieved the identical had he nonetheless been within the race at that time, however he’d taken first-lap contact from Kevin Magnussen which broken his radiator and put him out.

The remainder of the season, Albon persistently led the best way. He solely adopted Latifi residence as soon as, within the Spanish Grand Prix, the place he sustained flooring harm, suffered excessive tyre degradation because of this and needed to make an additional pit cease.

The ultimate factors distinction of Albon’s 4 to Latifi’s two due to this fact flattered the latter in a season the place Williams struggled to make it into the highest 10. Albon reckoned his bout of appendicitis prevented him from taking part in Williams’ finest points-scoring alternative of the season, and given what De Vries managed to do together with his automotive that looks like an affordable declare.

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Unrepresentative comparisons omitted. Damaging worth: Albon was quicker; Optimistic worth: Latifi was quicker

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