“You Shouldn’t Pay Attention to Everything…”: Latifi Shuts Down Williams F1 Seat Controversy With Four-Worded Affirmation

Published 05/06/2022, 1:05 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 18, 2021 Williams’ Nicholas Latifi during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic

There has been a cloud of doubt over the future of Nicholas Latifi in Formula One. The Williams driver has been struggling in the sport for a while now and still has not gotten into the grips with the new 2022 car.

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It had seemed that he had turned a corner in his F1 career when he started to collect some points for his team last season. But the early season inconsistencies and mistakes have piled up the pressure on the Canadian driver in 2022.

There have been some reports suggesting that the Alpine reserve driver Oscar Piastri might replace him for the next season. But the Latifi has come forward to squash these rumors.

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Williams F1 driver Nicholas Latifi shuts down critics over Piastri rumors

F1 fans had expected that Nicholas might give a tough fight to his new teammate Alex Albon. But it has been the complete opposite, as Albon has really embedded himself with the team well and has also driven brilliantly till now. Latifi accepted the fact that his results have not been good but panned rumors that the team might replace him.

“You shouldn’t pay attention to everything that’s written about me. And I’m not the only one undergoing the same treatment. However, I realize that my results are not satisfactory. I must do more,” said Latifi.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 17: Nicholas Latifi of Canada and Williams and Alexander Albon of Thailand and Williams talk to the media in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 17, 2022, in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Clive Rose – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“It’s a matter of trust. I’m confident that I can drive as fast as Alex, whose learning experience behind the wheel of the new car was shorter,” said the Williams driver.

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The Canadian is only one of 2 drivers who are yet to score any points on the grid this season. Till now, his teammate has outperformed him, despite being in the same car, in every race and has even got a point in the bag.

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Hence, Latifi really needs to better his performances or the rumors might just become a reality in the upcoming silly season. It is believed that the Alpine reserve driver, Piastri, has been on the radar of the team to replace him for the 2023 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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