Williams downplay Latifi’s FP1 runs

Michelle Foster
Williams downplay Nicholas Latifi's FP1 runs

Williams downplay Nicholas Latifi's FP1 runs

Nicholas Latifi is in the Williams for three FP1 sessions but deputy team boss Claire Williams is adamant that is “no clear indication” he’ll race next season.

Williams are in the hunt for a second driver for next season after Robert Kubica announced he would be leaving the team.

Although Nico Hulkenberg has been linked to the seat, he has ruled himself out of the running leaving Latifi as the favourite.

Williams gave some weight to those claims when they announced that the Canadian would be in action in three FP1 sessions, running from Mexico to Brazil.

However, Williams is adamant that doesn’t mean he’ll be the one racing alongside George Russell next season.

“The plan was always to have Nicholas Latifi in the car for these practice sessions that you’re seeing him in,” she told Crash.net.

“It’s no clear indication.

“We’ve made it very clear that we won’t be making our driver announcement for that second seat for 2020 until after Abu Dhabi this year.”

24-year-old Latifi is sitting second in this year’s Formula 2 championship with one race weekend remaining.

As for Latifi, he says it is “too early to announce anything.

“Nothing has been decided about next season, but I want to become an F1 driver for Williams. We’ll see.”

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