These last years have been complicated for Williams F1, after failing to keep up its performance in 2018 to slowly progressing through the last seasons, in 2018 they scored 7 points, only 1 in 2019 and finally 0 in 2020.
The Hungarian GP was a big opportunity for the teams that aren't as fast as Mercedes or Red Bull, with a big crash at the start leaving out of the race multiple drivers like Bottas, Perez and Norris, Verstappen and Hamilton re started the race with some complications (Max with damage in the car and a wrong strategy for Lewis) making both cars climb through the pack.
Williams called the right strategy for its drivers, ending up with Latifi towards the front at the re start, so it was a great chance for the team to score some points, at the final laps of the race both drivers were in good position finishing with Latifi in P8 and Russell in P9 with 5 points for the Constructors Championship, later more good arrived for the team with Aston Martin´s disqualification, promoting each driver with one place (P7 and P8) and a total of 10 points for the teams' championship
This was the first time Latifi scores points in Formula 1 and the first points for the team in two seasons.
Williams F1 have yet to reveal its drivers for 2022, but there's a high chance Latifi is included in their plans.
Jost Capito, Williams Team Principal, said:
“This was the first time Nicky scored points in F1 – and it had to come.”
“I’m sure it will be a big boost for him and give him a lot self-confidence. Qualifying behind George and the finishing ahead for sure is a big motivator for him.”
“I was impressed with how Nicky brought it home amid the pressure of running in the points comfortably for the first time. At one point, he was third. To keep his head down and deliver was very impressive. It shows how much Nicky deserves to be in F1.”