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Williams announces Latifi split, 2023 F1 line-up ‘in due course’

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
2 min read

The Williams Formula 1 team has announced it will split with Nicholas Latifi at the conclusion of the 2022 season.

Latifi made his F1 debut with the team back in 2020, after finishing runner-up to Nyck de Vries in Formula 2 the year prior.

Though he put seven points on the board during his time as team-mate to George Russell, he was on the whole roundly outperformed by the Brit – and the trend continued when Russell left for Mercedes and was replaced by Alex Albon for this year.

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Dutch Grand Prix Race Day Zandvoort, Netherlands

And now, having lost out to stand-in de Vries in a head-to-head at Monza with Albon out due to appendicitis, Latifi has had his exit made official.

“Although we have not achieved the results together we hoped we would, it’s still been a fantastic journey,” Latifi said.

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Hungarian Grand Prix Race Day Budapest, Hungary

“Getting those first points in Hungary last year was a moment I’ll never forget, and I will move onto the next chapter of my career with special memories of my time with this dedicated team.

“I know none of us will stop putting in every effort until the end of the season.”

Williams said it “will announce its full 2023 driver line-up in due course”, having already tied Albon down to a multi-year deal on the other side of the garage.

De Vries looked to have put himself to the forefront of the queue for a Williams seat with his Monza performance, but is now being targeted by AlphaTauri as well.

Williams’s other options include its own junior Logan Sargeant and Alpine protege Jack Doohan, who the French marque may be minded to make available – having originally planned to do the same for Oscar Piastri, only for the Aussie to favour a McLaren move over a Williams loan.

Mick Schumacher, who may be on the way out at Haas after two seasons, is also a possible candidate.

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