Nicolas Latifi will leave Williams at the end of the 2022 season, the team announced.

The Canadian has been with Williams since 2020 and scored seven points in his second season with the team, including a memorable seventh at the chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix. However, the 27-year-old has failed to score this year, while team-mate Alex Albon has three top-10 finishes and Nick de Vries finished ninth as a late substitute at Monza.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Williams Racing – all the people at the factory and the people I’ve been working with on the track for the last three years,” Latifi said. “My first F1 debut was delayed due to the pandemic, but eventually we went to Austria and although we didn’t get the results we were hoping for together, it was still a fantastic journey.

“Taking my first points in Hungary last year was a moment I will never forget and I will move into the next chapter of my career with special memories of my time with this dedicated team. I know none of us will stop working hard until the end of the season.”

Latifi’s departure was expected due to Oscar Piastra’s planned move to Williams, but when that fell through with the Australian’s move to McLaren, a vacancy was left for which Latifi was an outside candidate. However, Williams has now confirmed that Elbon will have a new team-mate in 2023, with the line-up to be confirmed in due course.

“On behalf of the whole team, I would like to say a big thank you to Nicolas for his three years of hard work with Williams,” said team principal Jost Kapita. “He is a great team player who is great with his colleagues and his work and is loved and respected across the business.

“Our time together is coming to an end but I know he will do his best to maximize what we can do together for the rest of the season. We wish him all the best for the future, both in and out of the cockpit.”

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