Latifi ‘extremely disappointed’ to miss home race

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Nicholas Latifi is disappointed his home race won’t go ahead, saying it was the one he was looking forward to most in his rookie season.

It was announced on Friday that all the races in North and South America this season have been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation in the regions. This, of course, includes the Canadian Grand Prix held in Montreal.

Latifi is one of two Canadians on the grid and, given it’s his first season in F1, has yet to experience his home race. Speaking in a video shared on Twitter by Williams, he stated his disappointment at having to wait another year.

“I’ve just found out that unfortunately, we won’t be having a Canadian Grand Prix this year. Of course, I’m extremely disappointed,” he said.

“When I first found out I was going to race in Formula 1, that was the one I was looking forward to. It really is one of the best Grand Prix on the calendar.

“I don’t just say that because I’m Canadian, I know a lot of other teams and drivers will agree with me. It was going to be a big highlight, an experience that I was very much looking forward to.”

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As the race usually takes places in the summer, it will now be around a year at the least until F1 races there again.

However, with Williams having recently confirmed that Latifi, as well as George Russell, will remain at the team for the 2021 season, he’ll almost definitely still get the chance to experience a Formula 1 home Grand Prix.

In the meantime, he understands why a cancellation was necessary this time around.

“Unfortunately, it will have to wait now,” the 25-year-old added.

“The calendar this year is going to be looking quite different to normal, but we have to do what’s best for the world right now in the global pandemic and be as responsible as possible. I hope everyone is staying safe and staying healthy.

“Thankfully, next year I’m still going to be in Formula 1 so I’ll have to wait a little bit longer to experience my home Grand Prix.”

With the races in Canada, Brazil, Mexico and the US being cancelled, F1 has now confirmed that they will be replaced by ones at the Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola.

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