F1: Williams says goodbye to Nicholas Latifi, freeing up another seat for 2023 | Video


Nicholas Latificanadian pilot, will leave the Williams team when your contract expires season finale as announced on Friday by the English team, one of the most important in history but which has not been able to revive its former glory in recent years.

Latifi27 years old and in his third season in the top flight, is the sole pilot on the current grid has not added any point in the 16 races held so far. In 55 runs who has run in the English single-seater, sum 7 points only.

Williamsa former F1 champion who is now at the bottom of the table, confirmed that Latifi’s teammate, the Thai Alex Albon will stay for 2023 and ‘further, without making clear their future past 2023 despite the intention to continue collaborating.

Latifiwho does not already have a seat for the next season, ad the following in a statement regarding his departure.

Although we have not achieved the results we hoped for together, it is still a fantastic journey […] Scoring those first points in Hungary last year was a moment I will never forget, and I will go into the next chapter of my career with special memories of my time with this dedicated team.

Jost Capitoteam leader, took advantage of the farewell to praise the Canadian’s work, calling him a ‘great team player’ loved and respected in the category.

With the news of his departure, a seat has been released during an unusually saturated driver market, with multiple very talented applicants.

Among them is Nick deVrieschampion of the Formula E in 2021, who has already worked with the team, substituting for Albon at the Italian Grand Prix this month, where he bested Latifi every time, finishing ninth on his F1 debut.

Nevertheless, DeVries tried this week with Alpineproperty of Renaultin Hungary, and has also had talks with Red Bullwho might be willing to let the French Pierre Gasly leaves AlphaTauri to go to Alpine.

Williams also counts among its ranks with the 21-year-old American from the Formula 2 Logan Sergeant from his pilot academy, so he should not be discounted.

Finally, Daniel Ricciardo, To leave McLaren at the end of the year, he is also looking for a seat, while the position of Mike Schumacher in Hass It remains uncertain but it seems unlikely that they will let the young promise go. Former pilots like Nico Hulkenberg and Antonio Giovinazzi they would also be among the aspirants.

(With information from Reuters)

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