Nicholas Latifi will leave Williams at the end of the season having failed to score a SINGLE point this year… with decision to axe Canadian coming after impressive debut by Nyck de Vries – who is a favourite to take his place
- Nicholas Latifi will depart team Williams at the end of the Formula 1 season
- The Canadian has failed to score any points having featured in 16 races this year
- The 27-year-old vowed he would continue perform for the rest of the campaign
- Nyck De Vries is considered to be one of two drivers who could succede Latifi
Williams have announced Nicholas Latifi will leave the British Formula One team at the end of the season.
The 27-year-old Canadian, who was subjected to death threats and hired security protection following his crash at last season’s Abu Dhabi finale which led to a late safety car and denied Lewis Hamilton a record eighth world championship, exits the grid after three years with Williams.
Latifi has failed to score a point this year, and was outclassed by debutant Nyck de Vries who stood in for Alex Albon at the recent Italian Grand Prix.
De Vries (R) is being backed as Latifi’s successor after stepping in for Alex Albon at the Italian GP
The Canadian has failed to finish inside the top ten at any Grand Prix event during this season
‘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,’ Latifi 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 on to the next chapter of my career with special memories of my time with this dedicated team.
Latifi became Williams’ F1 reserve driver back in 2019 and took a spot on the grid in 2020
21-year-old driver Logan Sargeant is being considered as another potential successor to Latifi
‘I know none of us will stop putting in every effort until the end of the season.’
Dutchman De Vries, 27, is under consideration to replace Latifi, while the team’s American academy driver Logan Sargeant, 21, is another contender.
Williams, who have already confirmed Albon will be retained for 2023, said they will announce their full line-up for next season in ‘due course’.