Williams announces the departure of Nicholas Latifi after the superb first performance of teammate Nyck de Vries

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Nicholas Latifi will leave Williams after three seasons with the Canadian acknowledging “we didn’t get the results together that we were hoping for”.

The news comes a fortnight after the Italian Grand Prix where Latifi was vastly outclassed by rookie teammate Nyck de Vries.

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Latifi says goodbye to Williams, and probably to F1 too

De Vries' superb substitute performance in Italy was the final nail in the coffin

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De Vries’ superb substitute performance in Italy was the final nail in the coffin

Williams said he would announce a replacement “in due course” with space still open to race alongside Thai driver Alex Albon who has signed for 2023.

Albon missed the last Formula 1 race with appendicitis and is currently recovering from complications that landed him in intensive care.

Due to his absence, Formula 2 and Formula E world champion De Vries has moved from a testing role with Aston Martin on Friday to taking the Williams seat on Saturday.

The Dutchman then completed the second part of qualifying, three places ahead of Latifi, and followed that up with ninth place in the race, picking up two points on his debut, with Latifi still scoreless in 2022.

De Vries is believed to be in contention for the vacant Williams job, but earlier reports from the Netherlands claim he is ‘close’ to agreeing to move to Alpha Tauri after being spotted with Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko .

Alpha Tauri have already confirmed that Yuki Tsunoda will stay with the team next year, and despite Pierre Gasly signing a contract extension, it’s understood he could be on his way to Alpine, freeing up a spot for De Vries.

De Vries (centre) looks set to replace Gasly (left) at Alpha Tauri

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De Vries (centre) looks set to replace Gasly (left) at Alpha Tauri


That makes junior Williams driver and current F2 driver Logan Sargent one of the favorites for the role which would see him become the sport’s first American contender since 2016.

Latifi, a former F2 runner-up behind De Vries in 2019, has contested 55 Grands Prix in the top tier, twice scoring points in back-to-back events in Hungary and Belgium last year.

However, his most famous – or infamous – moment in F1 came in last season’s dramatic finale in Abu Dhabi, where his late crash triggered a safety car, allowing Max Verstappen to win the world championship. of Lewis Hamilton in controversial fashion in the final round of the season. .

Latifi losing the back of his Williams in Abu Dhabi created the most controversial title in F1 history

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Latifi losing the back of his Williams in Abu Dhabi created the most controversial title in F1 history

In a statement on the Williams website, Latifi said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Williams Racing – everyone back at the factory and those I work with trackside – over the past three years.

“My F1 debut was postponed due to the pandemic, but we finally started in Austria and, although we didn’t achieve the results together that we were hoping for, it was still a fantastic journey.

“Getting those first points in Hungary last year was a moment I will never forget, and I will approach the next chapter of my career with special memories of my time with this dedicated team. ‘between us will not stop making every effort until the end of the season.

Capito is a Latifi fan, but will now need a new driver alongside Albon

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Capito is a Latifi fan, but will now need a new driver alongside Albon

Team principal Jost Capito added: “On behalf of the entire team, I would like to say a huge thank you to Nicholas for his three years of hard work with Williams.

“He is an excellent team player who has a great attitude towards his colleagues and his work and who is appreciated and respected throughout the company.

“Our time together is now coming to an end, but I know he will do everything possible to maximize what we can do together for the rest of this season. We wish him well for his future, both in and out. from the cockpit.

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