Nicholas Latifi to leave Williams with ‘special memories’ at the end of 2022

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Nicholas Latifi’s long-anticipated departure from Williams at the end of 2022 has been confirmed.

Latifi has been with the Grove outfit since 2020, with the Canadian’s seat owing much to the wealth of his billionaire father Michael, one of the team’s main sponsors. However, having been comprehensively outperformed by teammates George Russell, Alex Albon and mostly Nyck de Vries at the Italian Grand Prix, Williams want a more competitive driver from next year.

Latifi is perhaps best known for the wrong reasons, having suffered numerous crashes, most infamously at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which led to the safety period which controversially decided the championship battle in Max Verstappen’s failure. Despite that, Latifi insists he will leave Formula 1 with fond memories.

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In a statement, he said: “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.

“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."

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Williams team principal Jost Capito added: "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.”

Williams said they would confirm Latifi’s replacement in “due course” with De Vries and junior driver Logan Sargeant among the contenders to partner Albon in 2023.

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