Latifi to depart Williams F1 crew after 2022


Nicholas Latifi will depart the Williams Method 1 crew on the finish of the 2022 season, which additionally marks the top of his present contract.

A alternative can be introduced at a later date, the crew mentioned on Friday.

His teammate, Alex Albon, will proceed with the squad in 2023 and past after signing a contract extension in August.

Williams is the crew the place Latifi made his F1 debut in 2020, although the Canadian man did not make a lot of an impression within the ensuing years, having scored simply seven factors in 55 begins.

This grew to become way more obvious earlier within the September on the Italian Grand Prix the place Williams reserve driver Nyck de Vries, filling in for an in poor health Albon, scored two factors in his maiden race. Latifi remains to be on zero factors with many of the season behind him.

The stellar efficiency means de Vries is now a favourite for Latifi’s seat, although Williams has different choices. The checklist contains U.S. driver Logan Sargeant, who’s a part of the Williams Driver Academy and at present competes in Method 2. There’s additionally Daniel Ricciardo, who leaves McLaren on the finish of 2022 and has but to signal with one other crew. Oscar Piastri will fill Ricciardo’s seat at McLaren.

Alpine remains to be with no alternative for Fernando Alonso, who subsequent season will be a part of Aston Martin because the alternative for the retiring Sebastian Vettel. In the meantime, AlphaTauri introduced on Thursday present driver Yuki Tsunoda will stick with the squad in 2023. Pierre Gasly can even proceed with AlphaTauri within the new season.

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