Williams Racing announced Friday its driver Nicholas Latifi will not be rejoining the team for the 2023 Formula 1 season.
In a press release published by the team, Williams also confirmed Alex Albon's retention for next season, though it did not reveal who would replace Latifi for 2023.
Latifi began his F1 career with Williams at the Austrian Grand Prix in 2020, starting a total of 55 Grands Prix. His best finish, seventh place during the 2021 Hungary Grand Prix, makes him the highest finisher in a full-length race from Williams in the past five years.
Alas, those points weren't enough to keep Latifi's F1 career afloat. With six races remaining in the 2022 season he has yet to score a point, while teammate Albon has recorded no less than three top-ten finishes. Even Nyck de Vries, who stood in for Albon last-minute at Monza, was able to secure a ninth-place points finish. Hilariously, that means Latifi currently sits 21st in a 20-person championship.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Williams Racing—all the people back at the factory and those I work with trackside—for the last three years," Latifi said in a statement. "My initial F1 debut was postponed due to the pandemic but we eventually got going in Austria and, although we have not achieved the results together we hoped we would, it’s still been a fantastic journey. Getting those first points in Hungary last year was a moment I’ll never forget, and I will move onto the next chapter of my career with special memories of my time with this dedicated team."
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