Formula 1’s silly season continues as Williams Racing and Nicholas Latifi have announced the end of their partnership, with Latifi leaving the team at the end of the season, drawing to a close his three year stint with the historic team.
Latifi made his Formula 1 debut with the team alongside now Mercedes driver George Russell at the beginning of the Covid-affected 2020 season. In his time with the team, Latifi has netted a total of seven championship points and secured a highest finish of 7th at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.
In a statement published by the team, Latifi took the opportunity to thank the team and reflect on his time with Williams.
“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,” he said. “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.”
So, I’m parting ways with @WilliamsRacing at the end of the year.— Nicholas Latifi (@NicholasLatifi) September 23, 2022
Honoured to have represented them for the last 3 years. A massive thanks to the whole team – it’s been an incredible journey and I’ve enjoyed every second of it.
Determined to end 2022 positively. 6 races left! pic.twitter.com/gN5xWsUUH2
CEO and Team Principal of Williams, Jost Capito extended his gratitude to Latifi and complimented his worth ethic, attitude and dedication in his accompanying statement.
“On behalf of the whole team, I would like to say an enormous thank you to Nicholas [Latifi] for his three years of hard work with Williams,” said Capito. “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.
“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.”
This announcement comes in the midst of a highly competitive driver market, with drivers such as Daniel Ricciardo left without a seat and Alpine allegedly in talks with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly. Williams have already confirmed Alex Albon will continue with the team and say their full lineup for the 2023 season will be announced “in due course”.