Latifi denies he’s set to replace Kubica

Michelle Foster

Nicholas Latifi inspired by Albon, Norris and Russell

Nicholas Latifi says he is not looking to replace Robert Kubica at Williams, at least not for this season.

With Kubica struggling for form this season, rumours have began suggesting his days at Williams are numbered.

According to Canadian newspaper Le Journal de Montreal, Latifi is being lined up as Kubica’s replacement and could step into the car as early as the next race, Monaco.

The Formula 2 driver has quashed the rumours.

“Of course my goal is to get into Formula 1,” he told “But my programme this year is focused on Formula 2.

“That is my priority.

“I have to concentrate on maintaining my current form there and winning the championship.

“If I do that, I think I will find myself in a good position to go to Formula 1 next year.”

Latifi, though, has yet to begin talks with Williams, nor any other F1 team, about a 2020 drive.

“Honestly, not yet,” he said when asked if negotiations were already taking place.

“The season has just begun and a lot can happen.

“But if you look at the past, and those who won the Formula 2 and GP2 titles, I think most of them found themselves in Formula 1.

“From my point of view, if I win the championship, then my goal is an immediate transition to Formula 1.”

Latifi is leading the Formula 2 championship with three wins and 93 points, 26 ahead of second placed Luca Ghiotto.

Follow us on Twitter @Planet_F1 and like our Facebook page.