Williams sacks Nicholas Latifi, Daniel Ricciardo, next driver, Formula 1, news,

Canadian Formula One driver Nicholas Latifi will leave Williams at the end of this season, the British Formula One team announced on Friday.

Williams already signed a “multi-year” contract with teammate Alex Albon in August after encouraging the performance of the Thai-British driver who took over the wheel left vacant by George Russell’s move to Mercedes in 2022.

Who will team up alongside Albon next season is undecided so far. Williams plans to announce its full roster “in due course” with Mercedes reserve driver Nyck de Vries claiming his position with an impressive replacement performance for Albon at the Italian Grand Prix.

However, Daniel Ricciardo is currently a long way from taking over for the struggling team, with William’s junior Formula 2 driver Logan Sargeant seen as a strong possibility to make the jump to the Premier League.

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Latifi joined Williams in 2020 and after 55 Grand Prix has a modest total of seven points on the board.

He will forever be linked to the dramatic conclusion to last year’s Drivers’ title when his late crash in Abu Dhabi led to the chaotic last-lap penalty shootout for the 2022 crown when Max Verstappen deprived Lewis Hamilton of an unprecedented eighth F1 championship.

Latifi, 27, finished 21st in the world championship standings last year and 17th in 2020.

Latifi, son of Williams sponsor owner Sofina, said he has fond memories of his time with the racing team.

“Although we didn’t achieve the results we hoped for together, it was still a fantastic journey,” he said.

“Getting those first points in Hungary last year was a moment I will never forget, and I will approach the next chapter of my career with special memories.”

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Team principal Jost Capito wished his driver good luck for the future. “He’s a great team player with a great attitude. We wish him well for his future, both in and out of the cockpit.

De Vries, a compatriot of reigning world champion and runaway series leader Verstappen, is a former Formula 2 and Formula E championship winner, at the Italian Grand Prix, with Albon ruled out with appendicitis, from Vries qualified Latifi and finished ninth for his first F1 points in his debut race.

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