Nicholas Latifi endured a “frustrating” British Grand Prix as he dropped to P12 at the chequered flag after an admirable Q3 appearance in Qualifying.
The Canadian lined up in P10 at the start after a stunning effort on Saturday, he started in eighth place after the dramatic Lap 1 collision and showed great consistency in the opening stages.
Latifi struggled after bolting on the medium tyre and got passed by the two Haas’, Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll to finish in a lowly P12.
The 27-year-old spoke after the race as his golden chance of scoring points for the first time in 2022 slipped away at Silverstone.
"For the whole first stint, I was in points-scoring positions," Latifi told MotorLAT and other media outlets after the race.
"I could feel I was sandwiched between a pack of cars that were way faster than me, and it was just being in that DRS train that was able to keep me there, so that was nice to get those competitive feelings back again.
"[But following] the pit stops, you just succumb to the natural pace of the car once things spread out – more single file, no DRS trains – and the reality is I'm still in the slowest car on the grid, so it was frustrating not being able to challenge a bit more.”
The Williams driver also stated that his cause wasn’t aided by having to save fuel during the 52-lap race which cost him valuable time.
“We were having to manage a few other things," said Latifi. "We under-fuelled for the race and I was having to do a large amount of fuel-saving.
"Out of any track, this is the track you least want to do it on – it's the most penalising for tyre temperatures.
"But regardless of that, I just think we didn't have the pace.”
Latifi will be hoping for better luck next time out at Austria’s Red Bull Ring, a track he scored a podium at in F2 and made his F1 debut in 2020.