Nicholas Latifi Addresses Recent Williams F1 Sacking Rumors With Simple Affirmation

Published 06/16/2022, 8:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 27, 2022 Williams’ Nicholas Latifi during a press conference REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi has a lot of pressure ahead of his home race this weekend. His future at the pinnacle of motorsports is under huge doubt after his horrible start to the season.

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There have been several reports claiming that he might lose his seat for the 2023 season to Alpine reserve driver Oscar Piastri. Latifi revealed that he was aware that his place at Williams is under pressure.

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“I definitely have to improve my performance. I would be lying if I told you that my place on the team is secure and I am aware that the situation must change,” said the Williams driver to Le Journal de Montreal.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 28, 2022, Williams’ Nicholas Latifi during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

But when asked if he feels his seat is more under threat, he replied, “No more than all the other drivers whose contract expires at the end of the season.” (h/t GP Fans)

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It looks like things are not falling into place for the Canadian driver this season. He endured another tough race last weekend at Baku as he finished last among the running cars.

Nicholas Latifi analyzes his Azerbaijan GP in Baku

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The Williams driver got a 10-second stop-and-go penalty at the start of the race as his mechanic touched his car before the formation lap and after the 15-second warning. It was a long race from there on for the Williams driver.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 10, 2022, Williams’ Nicholas Latifi before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“Obviously, the penalty kind of undid everything, before it even started really. It was tricky. You’re so far off… the pack and then you get into blue flags and you get with the leaders very quickly. The race ended up being a very long and lonely one. We managed to get more mileage and laps with the car, but overall, a challenging weekend on this track,” said the Canadian driver.

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Latifi would dearly hope that his Canadian GP this weekend goes better than Baku. He needs to start delivering performances that are comparable to his teammate to make a case to Williams or any other constructor to provide him a seat for next season.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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