Williams F1 team principal Jost Capito has explained to Singapore the decision to part ways with Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi at the end of the 2022 season – adding that it remains to be seen who will fill the vacant seat alongside Alex Albon for 2023.
In the weeks leading up to the Singapore Grand Prix, Williams announced the team had decided not to continue with Latifi beyond 2022, with the Canadian due to leave after three seasons with the Grove side he joined in 2020.
« Of course it’s a long-term process. As I mentioned at Monza, I think Nicky’s performance was affected by the Abu Dhabi result last year and the circumstances that followed. «
« And then his performance wasn’t at the level he expected of himself and we didn’t expect his performance to be like that either. And then after three tricky years, it’s just for the team and driver to find different opportunities for both when things don’t work out as desired. »
For the 2nd seat, Nyck De Vries was the favorite but AlphaTauri seems to have got his hands on it, which will free Pierre Gasly for Alpine F1. Capito speaks of it with admiration, however.
« There is still a decision to be made. I have known Nyck for a while now and I know what he is capable of, so I expected a lot from him and he delivered what we expected at Monza. I was very surprised his performance in the car with full fuel, as he has never driven a Formula 1 car with full fuel. »
« And then the start, managing the start, not losing places and following everyone with full fuel – that was the most impressive performance from him. »
« Will he be with us, will he be somewhere else. I know he is very much wanted. He did a test (with Alpine F1), he met a manager (Helmut Marko) but we have good options for 2023 if Nyck chose to go elsewhere. »