Nicholas Latifi and Williams split at the end of the 2022 F1 season

Williams Racing and Nicholas Latifi will diverge from each other after the conclusion of the 2022 F1 season; Alex Albon will run for next year and beyond, and Williams Racing will announce the full lineup for 2023 drivers in time.

Last update: 09/23/22 10:48 AM


Nicholas Latifi to leave Williams at the end of the season

Williams Racing and Nicholas Latifi have confirmed that they will part ways at the end of the 2022 season.

Latifi made his Formula 1 debut with Williams Racing at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, and has so far started 55 Grands Prix, scoring seven points in the championship, including his start points scored at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Canadian has failed to score a point so far this year, and was overtaken by debutante Nick de Vries, who sided with Alex Albon, in the last Italian Grand Prix.

He was subjected to death threats and hired security after his crash in the Abu Dhabi final last season, which delayed the safety car and denied Lewis Hamilton his eighth world title.

After Williams announced Latifi is leaving the team, take a look at perhaps his most famous moment in Formula 1 - the plane crash in Abu Dhabi that led to the last dramatic lap for the world title between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

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After Williams announced Latifi is leaving the team, take a look at perhaps his most famous moment in Formula 1 – the plane crash in Abu Dhabi that led to the last dramatic lap for the world title between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

After Williams announced Latifi is leaving the team, take a look at perhaps his most famous moment in Formula 1 – the plane crash in Abu Dhabi that led to the last dramatic lap for the world title between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

The departure of the 27-year-old has been widely expected in recent weeks, and Williams announced the news on Friday morning.

“Following confirmation that Alex Albon will run for the next year and beyond, Williams Racing will announce the full 2023 driver lineup in due course,” a statement read.

De Vries is their main target but is also wanted by AlphaTauri and was tested in Alpine this week.

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“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Williams Racing – all the people who have gone back to the factory and those I work with – for the past three years,” said Latifi.

“My first Formula One debut was postponed due to the pandemic but we eventually started in Austria and although we didn’t get the results together that we hoped to have, it was a fantastic journey.

“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 participating in every effort until the end of the season.”

Latifi and Valtteri Bottas struggled with a big spin on the first lap of the Belgian Grand Prix

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Latifi and Valtteri Bottas struggled with a big spin on the first lap of the Belgian Grand Prix

Latifi and Valtteri Bottas struggled with a big spin on the first lap of the Belgian Grand Prix

Williams president Joost Capito praised Latife as a “team player”.

“On behalf of the entire team, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Nicholas for his three years of hard work with Williams,” he said.

“He is a fantastic team player with a great attitude towards his teammates and his work and is greatly admired and respected throughout the business. Our time together is now approaching, but I know he will do everything in his power to achieve the maximum that they can do together for the remainder of this season. We wish him all the best In his future, in and out of the cockpit.”

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