According to Williams head Dave Robson, Nicholas Latifi is not short of anything as a driver, but does a little too much: think. “He should probably trust his instincts a little more.”
That’s what Robson tells motorsport after a 2021 he describes as ‘slightly more volatile than hoped’ for Latifi. “As a team, our qualifying and race pace also fluctuated somewhat,” admits Williams’ head of vehicle performance“But Latifi certainly has a lot of talent as a driver and understands well what the car is doing and can articulate problems well.”
Add to that the fact that completely new cars will be introduced in 2022, while Latifi will also have a new teammate in place of George Russell in Alexander Albon, and according to Robson there are certainly opportunities for the Canadian.
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“He has the necessary qualities, but he might have to rely a little more on his instincts,” Robson thinks. In his eyes, Latifi is a driver who always thinks deeply about driving. “That may also be part of the problem,” Robson says. “He tends to think too much, is almost too intelligent to just ride by feel. Although he certainly has instinct.”
Latifi has been driving for Williams since 2020 and will enter his third season with the team in 2022. The 26-year-old driver from Toronto took seven points in the last campaign, compared to sixteen for teammate Russell. Russell, whose nickname due to his strong qualifications Mister Saturday reads, won the qualifier 36-2 over two years.
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