Latifi to go away Williams at finish of 2022 F1 season

Latifi made his F1 debut with Williams firstly of the 2020 season on a three-year contract, however struggled to match teammates George Russell and Alex Albon for kind throughout his time on the staff.

The Canadian’s departure has been broadly anticipated for quite a few months, however Williams confirmed the information on Friday, revealing his contract won’t be prolonged.

Williams mentioned it is going to announce Latifi’s alternative as Albon’s teammate “in the end.”

“I want to take this chance to thank everybody at Williams Racing – all of the folks again on the manufacturing facility and people I work with trackside – for the final three years,” mentioned Latifi in an announcement.

“My preliminary F1 debut was postponed because of the pandemic however we finally bought getting in Austria and, though now we have not achieved the outcomes collectively we hoped we’d, it is nonetheless been a incredible journey.

“Getting these first factors in Hungary final 12 months was a second I will always remember, and I’ll transfer onto the following chapter of my profession with particular recollections of my time with this devoted staff. I do know none of us will cease placing in each effort till the tip of the season.”

Latifi failed to attain any factors by his first full season at Williams because the staff struggled behind the grid. His first F1 rating arrived in Hungary final 12 months when he completed seventh, serving to Williams rating its first factors for over two years.

However following his crash in final 12 months’s Abu Dhabi season finale and the influence of the following security automobile on the championship, Latifi was topic to dying threats and vital abuse on-line, impacting him mentally.

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW44

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW44

Picture by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Photos

Latifi has failed to complete a race any increased than twelfth up to now this season, whereas each Albon and Nyck de Vries – who deputised for Albon at Monza – have managed to attain factors for Williams.

Williams F1 boss Jost Capito paid tribute to Latifi as “an amazing staff participant who has an amazing perspective in direction of his colleagues and work and is well-liked and revered all through the enterprise.”

“Our time collectively is now coming to an finish, however I do know he’ll put full effort in to maximise what we will do collectively for the rest of this season,” mentioned Capito.

“We want him all the perfect of luck for his future, each out and in of the cockpit.”

Latifi mentioned at Zandvoort he wouldn’t take into account some other racing choices for 2023 till his future with Williams was outlined, however possibilities of staying on the F1 grid appear distant.

Williams is thought to be contemplating de Vries for a full-time seat in 2023, however the staff faces competitors from each Alpine and AlphaTauri for the Dutchman’s signature.

Another choice for Williams is one in all its academy drivers, Logan Sargeant, who presently races in Formulation 2 and wishes a top-five end to safe a superlicence.

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