Formula 1 driver Nicholas Latifi to leave Williams after 2022

Photo of Williams Formula 1 driver Nicholas Latifi.

Nicholas Latifi will leave Williams at the end of 2022.
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The The latest piece in the Formula 1 jigsaw It came into effect after Williams announced that it would ditch Canadian rider Nicholas Latifi at the end of the 2022 season. This frees up a seat on the Grove-based team alongside Alex Albon.

Latifi has been under pressure to perform at Williams all season. He started the year on his back feet and failed to finish the season higher than 14th in the first nine races of 2022. Meanwhile, new mate Alex Albon He seems to have gotten up much faster and scored points in the third race in Australia.

follow it Two years witnessed Latifi’s meeting with George Russell, who has consistently been disqualified for the Canadian at nearly every Grand Prix. As such, questions about Latifi’s future with the team have swirled for months.

Photo of Nicholas Latifi racing in Italy in 2022.

Latifi is the only full-time driver who has not yet registered in 2022.
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Now, the British team has confirmed that it will not renew Latifi’s contract once his term expires at the end of the 2022 season.

And in a statement shared by the team, Latifi thanked Williams “for the past three years.” he added:

“My first Formula One debut was postponed due to the pandemic but we finally started in Austria and although we didn’t get the results together we were hoping for, it was a fantastic ride.

“Getting those first points in Hungary last year was a moment I will never forget, and I will move on to the next chapter of my career with special memories of my time with this dedicated team. I know none of us will stop making every effort until the end of the season.”

Photo of Nicholas Latifi racing in Austria in 2020.

Nicholas Latifi made his Austrian debut in 2020.
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My nice time in Formula 1 has been a really mixed bag. Hungarian Grand Prix 2021In seventh place, Latifi scored his first points in Formula 1 and his first 10 points for the team in two years.

But seventh place in Hungary remains Latifi’s best result while with Williams. He has so far scored points in only one other race, who – which The questionable Belgian Grand Prix last year.

Latifi reached the third qualifying round for the first time in his career at this year’s British Grand Prix, starting the race in 10th but dropping back to 12th and knocking out points during the race.

A picture of Williams driver Nicholas Latifi in Hungary.

Nicholas Latifi scored his first points in Hungary last year.
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One of the highlights of Latifi came over the weekend at this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix. In the final practice before qualifying, the Canadian tops the time sheets in a wet session.

Despite finishing the session 0.66sec ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, he struggled to advance in qualifying and ended up starting the race on 19.

Sadly, for Latifi, his legacy may boil down to F1 Fateful night in Abu Dhabi. During the final race of 2021, the Canadian hit a wall on lap 50 of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Photo of Nicholas Latifi racing his Williams in Abu Dhabi.

Fateful night in Abu Dhabi.
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The accident showed the safety car, which ultimately decided the outcome of the race and the championship of those years. in repercussions Michael Massey rogue racing trendLatifi spoke about the violations he received after the incident.

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