It’s been confirmed that Nicholas Latifi will be leaving Williams after the end of the 2022 F1 season. This comes after poor performance from the Canadian so far, currently placing himself at 21 in the driver standings.
Latifi is rarely not seen at the back of the grid, with pundits questioning place in the sport, and with 55 starts to his name, he’s only scored 5 points. The breaking point for the team came when Nyck De Vries took a seat in Alex Albon’s machine and took two points for the team with Latifi bringing home nothing.
Despite poor performance, the bond between Williams and the driver was strong, with him thanking the team for the opportunity:
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Williams Racing – all the people back at the factory and those I work with trackside – for the last three years,” he said.
“My initial F1 debut was postponed due to the pandemic but we eventually got going in Austria and, although we have not achieved the results together we hoped we would, it’s still been a fantastic journey.
“Getting those first points in Hungary last year was a moment I’ll never forget, and I will move onto the next chapter of my career with special memories of my time with this dedicated team.
“I know none of us will stop putting in every effort until the end of the season.”
He’s yet to confirm his movements for 2023, but Jost Capito, Williams team principal, extended his thanks:
“On behalf of the whole team, I would like to say an enormous thank you to Nicholas for his three years of hard work with Williams,” said the German.
“He is a great team player who has a great attitude towards his colleagues and work and is well liked and respected throughout the business.
“Our time together is now coming to an end, but I know he will put full effort in to maximise what we can do together for the remainder of this season.
“We wish him all the very best of luck for his future, both in and out of the cockpit.”
According to reports, Logan Sargeant may be up for the seat, but Mick Schumacher has also been rumoured to be taking up the mantle.