Williams send warning after Larson sacking

Date published: April 24 2020

Kyle Larson

Williams has warned their drivers about their behaviour when streaming in the wake of the incident involving Nascar driver Kyle Larson.

Larson was suspended indefinitely by Nascar and fired by his team Chip Ganassi Racing after using a racial slur during a recent online competition called Monza Madness.

George Russell and Nicholas Latifi have both become regular streamers whilst most of the world remains in lockdown and the latter has revealed their team have been in touch following the events involving Larson to remind both of their conduct.

“After the Kyle Larson incident, the team sent us a message reminding us how to behave during broadcasts,” Latifi told La Presse.

“Personally, I know what is acceptable and what is not.

“I am associated with a team that has sponsors and they all have an image to maintain. I know I have to be careful, but that doesn’t stop me from being myself and having fun.”

Latifi did not have himself down as a Twitch streamer but, having started, he is seeing some of the benefits of doing so whilst there is no real Formula 1 racing to get involved in.

“I never thought I would do that, but it was suggested to me after the first virtual grand prix,” he added.

“It allows everyone to get closer to you other than your work during a race weekend.

“It’s a good way to keep my brain alert.

“The driving is not identical to reality, but the mental process is similar.”

Latifi is set to make his Formula 1 debut at some stage this year after being announced as Robert Kubica’s replacement for the 2020 season.

The Canadian had been working as reserve and development driver with the team prior to being called up to race alongside Russell.

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