Qualifying improvement Latifi’s main aim

Date published: March 5 2021 - Finley Crebolder

Nicholas Latifi

Nicholas Latifi says that his main objective in his second season in Formula 1 is to improve his performances in qualifying. 

The Canadian rookie year on the grid was solid but unspectacular as, in a poor Williams car, he usually did as well as expected of him but rarely any better.

He often impressed on Sundays, finishing as high as P11 on two occasions with big mistakes few and far between throughout the season.

However, Saturdays on the other hand were poor as he was out-qualified by team-mate George Russell in every single race weekend and only just got the better of stand-in driver Jack Aitken in Bahrain.

Given that, it’s no surprise that that’s the area he wants to focus on improving the most in 2021.

“I’ve definitely set myself some personal goals and objectives for the new season”, he said on launch day for the team’s new car, as per racingnews365.com.

“I think first and foremost, just having some kind of progress, based off last year, the biggest area for me that I really wanted to try and make an improvement on was qualifying – it was kind of my weakness.

“I think I’m just looking to have the natural progressions that will come with the experience, but if I could really dial in my Saturdays, it’s just gonna make Sunday so much easier.”

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With regulations staying largely stable, the cars this season won’t be hugely different from they’re predecessors.

However, there will be some changes, with new tyres and aerodynamic regulations ensuring things won’t be exactly the same.

In Latifi’s eyes, that will make adaptability an important attribute for drivers to have if they want to enjoy a successful campaign.

“There will be some adaptations needed both from a driving point of view and an engineering point of view,” he added.

“Luckily, everyone is kind of in the same boat with the regulations. We had to follow the narrow regulations and whatnot.

“So yeah, I think everyone’s gonna be looking to recuperate what was taken away from the car”.

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