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Following the conclusion of the 2022 Formula One season, Williams Racing and Nicholas Latifi will go their separate ways.
Alex Albon will return for the 2023 season and beyond, and Williams Racing will reveal its full 2023 driver lineup in due course.
Latifi debuted in Formula One with Williams Racing at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix and has since made 55 Grand Prix appearances, scoring seven championship points, including his first points-scoring finish at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Canadian has yet to score a point this season and was outclassed at the recent Italian Grand Prix by debutant Nyck de Vries, who stood in for Alex Albon. Following his crash at last season’s Abu Dhabi finale, which resulted in a late Safety Car and denied Lewis Hamilton a record eighth world championship, he received death threats and hired security protection.
The departure of the 27-year-old had been widely anticipated for a few weeks and Williams announced it today morning.
“After confirming Alex Albon will continue for next year and beyond, Williams Racing will announce its full 2023 driver line-up in due course,” a source said.
De Vries is Williams Racing’s main target but he is also wanted by AlphaTauri and tested for Alpine this week.
“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.
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.” Latifi said.
Williams boss Jost Capito on his departure said, “On behalf of the whole team, I would like to say an enormous thank you to Nicholas for his three years of hard work with Williams.
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 maximize 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.” He concluded.
Here’s wishing the talented racer all the best in his future endeavors. Can’t wait to see where his future takes him.
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