Latifi would be ‘very disappointed’ if dropped by Williams

Michelle Foster
Nicholas Latifi Williams. Hungary July 2021

Nicholas Latifi up close in his Williams as he drives in practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Hungary July 2021

Having spent two “very tricky years” with Williams, Nicholas Latifi would be disappointed if the team dropped him ahead of 2022’s reset.

Latifi arrived on the Formula 1 grid in 2020, suffering, it’s fair to say, a wretched first season as he was white-washed by his team-mate George Russell in qualifying, with neither driver going onto score a single point.

This year the qualifying trend has continued, although it is a different story when it comes to the points scored.

Latifi finished P7 at the Hungarian Grand Prix, scoring six World Championship points, and also beating Russell who was P8 on the day.

That race alone elevated Williams to eighth in the Constructors’ Championship, a marked improvement on the past three seasons’ P10s.

Next season Williams have an opportunity to change their fortunes completely, the 2022 season seeing the introduction of brand new cars that have a different design philosophy to the current models.

Latifi is hoping he’ll be around to see how that plays out for Williams.

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“I definitely think the result of Budapest won’t hurt my case,” he said to The Race. “How much it adds to it is not really for me to decide.

“The team knows from behind the scenes what I’m capable of delivering.

“Budapest was a unique situation, I did show I was able to capitalise when the opportunity came, which is very important in Formula 1.

“It is clear that my intention and aim is to stay with the team. I think it definitely is very exciting, given the direction that the team is heading since the takeover.

“If I wasn’t in F1 next year, and if I wasn’t with Williams next year it would definitely not be ideal, I would definitely be very disappointed. Having been with the team for two of its very tricky years.

“It would definitely be nice to build the team in the right direction and, you know, be a part of that. And hopefully have many successes in the future.”

Williams CEO Jost Capito has hinted that the team is likely to retain Latifi for next season’s championship, although who his team-mate will be is anyone’s guess.