Nicholas Latifi to leave Williams at the end of the year

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Williams have confirmed Nicholas Latifi will leave the team at the end of the season after the Canadian’s contract was not extended. Latifi has been unable to score any points this season and has been repeatedly beaten by team-mate Alex Albon in a nightmare year.

Jost Capito, team principal at Williams, praised Latifi’s attitude but stressed his time at the team was now over. He explained: “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. 

“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.”

Latifi’s situation got worse after Nyck de Vries starred on his debut for Williams at the Italian Grand Prix. The 27-year-old outperformed him in his first race, securing points as Latifi languished in P15. 

Latifi admitted he had not achieved the results he had aimed for during his F1 career. He commented: “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. 

“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. 

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“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.”

Williams have confirmed Albon will remain with the team for 2023 after picking up three points scoring finishes this season. The team has clarified they will announce their new driver line-up “in due course”.

De Vries has been tipped as a possibility for a Williams drive after Capito claimed the former F2 champion has “nothing else to do” to show he merits a race seat.

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