The Williams team will release Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi, whose contract expires at the end of the F1 season.
Williams did not reveal a replacement for the 27-year-old Latifi on Friday, but an accident at last season’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix saw Max Verstappen pass Lewis Hamilton for the title in a chaotic one-lap run. triggered the start.
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He was comfortably ahead of Nick de Vries, who finished ninth on two points at the Italian Grand Prix two weeks earlier, replacing Alex Albon.
Latifi is in his third season with Williams, his best result being seventh at last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
“We didn’t get the result we wanted together, but it was a great trip. Scoring the first points in Hungary last year was a moment I will never forget,” said Latifi. “I will move on to the next chapter of my career with special memories spent with this dedicated team. I know no one will stop working until the end of the season.”
Latifi was a popular pilot
Latifi was a popular yet error-prone driver who stepped into the spotlight at last year’s Abu Dhabi GP.
Hamilton was on his way to victory and an all-time record eighth F1 title when Latifi crashed the Williams car into the wall just a few laps from the finish.
This prompted the introduction of the safety car, followed by a one-lap restart and one of the most controversial moments in F1 history, when Verstappen passed Hamilton on fresh tires to win the title. A formal closure was made.
Latifi faced abuse and even death threats on social media. He hired a bodyguard on a trip to London with his girlfriend.
Williams team principal Jost Capito praised Latifi for his dedication to his career.
“On behalf of the entire team, I would like to say a huge thank you to Nicolas for his three years of hard work at Williams,” Capito said. “He excels at working in teams, has a great attitude towards his colleagues and work, and is much loved and respected in his field. Although our time together is coming to an end. , I know he will do everything in his power to make the most of what he can do.
Latifi’s departure could pave the way for de Vries to win a seat alongside Albon after 2023, with Albon tied to a multi-year deal.
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