Williams F1 exit Nicholas Latifi “Losing to De Vries is not the deciding factor”[F1-Gate.com]

Nicholas Latifi says he ‘knew the direction’ Williams was going before losing to substitute Nick de Vries in the Italian Grand Prix.

Williams announced last week that he will leave Nicolas Latifi at the end of the 2022 season after three years as a racing driver.

Nicolas Latifi has failed to score any points all season and was beaten at Monza by Nick de Vries, who made his F1 debut at short notice as Ackler Albon’s replacement.

Asked if Monza was an important race for his future, Latifi said: “No, I don’t think so, to be honest. It didn’t matter who was in the other car. It was me. I couldn’t get results like

“Even if we scored points in Monza, I don’t think it would have made a difference.

“Whether we stayed or not wasn’t about getting a point or two, it was a performance all year. Obviously Monza wasn’t a good race and that didn’t help. I had those things in sight.”

Nicholas Latifi said he was comfortable with the decision, outlining that Williams “kind of knows the direction” he was aiming for over the summer.

“It’s very simple. It’s a results-based industry. Of course, this year we didn’t do well for many reasons,” said Latifi about the reasons for his dismissal.

“And the team had to make a decision, what was best for them, they had to go in another direction, so it was very easy.”

“Obviously, I understand the decision. For various reasons, my performance this year was not what I wanted, but I accepted it and moved on to the next stage of my career.”

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