Williams have announced that Nicholas Latifi will leave the team at the end of 2022 – when his current contract expires – after three seasons with the Grove squad.
Following several free practice outings, Williams handed Latifi his F1 race debut in 2020 – the Canadian making 55 starts and scoring seven points to date. And on Friday, Williams announced that the season finale in Abu Dhabi would be his last race with the team.
Latifi 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.
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“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.”
Williams stated that they will announce who will join Alex Albon in their 2023 line-up “in due course” – Nyck de Vries recently staking his claim with an impressive stand-in performance at the Italian Grand Prix.
Jost Capito, Williams CEO and Team Principal, said: “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.
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“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.”