This Friday, Williams and Nicholas Latifi officially announced that they would end their collaboration at the end of the season. After three years with the British team, the Canadian now risks having to leave the premier category of motorsport.
The announcement was expected and it is now official: Nicholas Latifi will leave Williams at the end of the season. The Canadian arrived in F1 in 2020 and was directly established within the British team.
Nicholas Latifi was then playing alongside George Russell, who then joined Mercedes in 2022 and was replaced by Alex Albon, who was also renewed in 2023. “I would like to thank all the members of the Williams Racing team, those who work at the factory and those I meet regularly on the circuits, for the past three years.
Even though we didn’t manage to get the results we wanted together, it was a fantastic trip. To get my first points in Hungary last season is a moment I will never forget, and I will approach the rest of my career with very special memories of the time spent with this team”, he declared not without emotion.
In three years, Nicholas Latifi has never really managed to prove himself… The Canadian has scored only 7 points in 55 Grands Prix, all obtained in 2021 at the Hungarian Grand Prix and the Belgian Grand Prix. He was in fact especially noted for his very frequent exits from the track and his crashes which regularly trigger a red flag in the race.
Only rarely reaching the level of performance of his teammates, Nicholas Latifi was even dominated by Nyck De Vries at the Italian Grand Prix, when the latter was then making his first race in the premier class. The Dutchman is also tipped to replace him in 2023, just like Logan Sargeant, Mick Schumacher or Jack Doohan.
Given his disappointing results and knowing that there are only a few places available in the premier class in 2023, Nicholas Latifi will undoubtedly be forced to leave F1 at the end of the season.