If he was born in Montreal, it is rather in the Toronto region that Nicholas Latifi grew up. The 26-year-old will experience his first start on Sunday at the Canadian Grand Prix.
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And maybe his latest, the gossip will tell. At least aboard a Williams.
After learning karting in Canada and the United States, Latifi moved to Europe to begin his long single-seater journey that saw him compete in particular for four full seasons in Formula 2 before entering the discipline, queen of motorsport in the 2020.
“As surprising as it may seem, he said in an interview with the Tree trunk, I have never raced in my country, except in karting. This first presence, I want to live it fully.
Latifi recalled taking part in the Canadian Grand Prix, without really imagining that one day he would race in a Formula 1 car.
“I remember the memorable victories of great drivers here in Montreal. The Gilles-Villeneuve circuit has often been the scene of spectacular races.
“No good feelings”
Latifi will be a topic of conversation this weekend, but not for the right reasons. Her future in F1 is, more than ever, questioned.
Although the Canadian food company Sofina, managed by his father Michael, is one of the sponsors of the British team, he realizes that nothing is taken for granted.
“I definitely need to improve my performance,” he said. I would be lying if I told you that my place on the team is safe. I am aware that the situation must change ”.
Do you feel like you are sitting in an ejection seat?
“No more, he replies, of all the other drivers on the board whose contract expires at the end of the season. I admit that, since the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, I haven’t had a good feeling in the car.
Preceded by his teammates
A driver’s greatest rival is his teammate. However, Alexander Albon was regularly faster than him despite the Thai being deprived of the wheel in F1 last year.
“He adapted faster than me to the new car and it’s up to me to change things,” replied the Canadian.
In Barcelona last month, Latifi was knocked out by reserve driver Nyck de Vries in Friday’s first free practice session. Nothing to convince the bosses of him.
In recent weeks, rumors of his departure from Williams have intensified. Some specialist sites have even suggested that he could be replaced by the British Grand Prix in early July by Oscar Piastri.
This young Australian hopeful, reigning F2 champion, would already have an agreement to occupy the Latifi headquarters next season. A case to follow.