Nicolas Latifi’s time in Formula 1 is running out. According to the English media, Williams could officially present the Canadians’ successor at the end of this month. However, a change during the season is not an issue.
The fact that Nicholas Latifi will lose his Formula 1 cockpit after the 2022 season at the latest has long been an open secret. The portal “The Race” but now reports surprisingly rapid developments.
Accordingly, Williams could present the Latifi successor within the next three weeks. There is speculation about a performance before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Latifi’s successor is no stranger: according to the report, Alpine junior Oscar Piastri will take the cockpit.
Many would have thought the Australian capable of jumping into Formula 1 this year, but in the end there was simply no place for the 21-year-old, who had to be content with the role of reserve driver at Alpine.
Will Piastri be loaned out to Williams?
Although Piastri’s current contract runs until the end of 2023, according to “The Race” there is a clause in the document that allows the youngster to opt out should Alpine not be able to offer him a cockpit for the 2023 season. Since both Alpine places are occupied by Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon next year, the racing team could lose the super talent.
To prevent this scenario, Alpine is reportedly planning a loan deal. This is becoming more and more likely, “The Race” claims to have learned from unnamed sources.
With this kind of deal, Alpine would probably find Williams with open ears, after all, the Brits already have a loan driver on board with Alex Albon (Red Bull), who even exceeded expectations.
A driver change during the season has already been brought into play by various media, but according to “The Race” it will most likely not happen. Although an exchange had been suggested to Williams, this option had not been seriously discussed, at least until the race in Baku.
Latifi also brushed aside all rumors of an early departure. “I know I’ll be driving for the rest of the year, so I can’t say much about that,” he told The Race in Baku.