Canadian car racing Latifi set to stay at Williams next season, team boss says
Formula 1 Williams team boss Jost Capito has said Canadian rider Nicholas Latifi looks likely to stay with the Grove-based squad next season.
“Yeah, looks like I would say,” said the German when asked if the praise he gave the 26-year-old in response to a previous question on a video conference at the Belgian Grand Prix meant the team was going to offer him a contract. “He’s a very good racing driver and he definitely deserves the seat on our team.”
Latifi made his Formula 1 debut with the former champions last season alongside George Russell. He was generally outclassed by the Briton, especially in qualifying, but finished seventh ahead of the 23-year-old in the last race in Hungary, with the duo giving the former champions their best result since 2017.
The result also gave Latifi his first Formula 1 points. With Russell in the frame to replace Finn Valtteri Bottas alongside seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next season, the Canadian said on Thursday he was ready to go. assume a leadership role at Williams. “He works very well with the engineers, he is very motivating, he is very clear in his direction where he wants the car to develop, he is very appreciated by the team and he is demanding,” said Capito.
“I also think he learned a lot from George as they worked together… and I’m sure at the end of the season Nicky will be in that position that he can lead the team.” Capito said uncertainty over whether or not Russell would switch to Mercedes, with the Briton and Bottas insisting on Thursday that they had no news to share, was not a concern for Williams.
“I think (Mercedes team boss) Toto (Wolff) will make the decision sooner or later,” Capito said. “I believe it will be sooner.
“But the Williams seat seems to be an attractive seat for any driver who doesn’t have a fixed seat for next year. Since most of the seats are fixed for next year, we can lean back and wait for what will be. the decision and when the decision is made, we can engage in more in-depth discussions with different pilots. ”
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