Nicholas Latifi has brushed off his critics after a British Grand Prix weekend that he says shows he deserves to be in Formula 1.
The Canadian racing driver has struggled to get the best out of his Williams car so far in 2022, after two seasons of being consistently outperformed by George Russell.
On Saturday, the 27-year-old qualified inside the top 10 for the first time in his career, six places up on his teammate Alex Albon, and on race day he was able to steer his car to an impressive 12th.
The performance came amid speculation regarding his future as reports claim Alpine youngster Oscar Piastri could replace him for 2023.
"I mean, for me, it doesn't really give me any more, let's say, relief or comforts," said Latifi, speaking to select members of the media, including RacingNews365.com.
"I mean, it's actually a confidence booster, and it is positive. And I know I am capable of these performances, and I can drive as quick as I need to drive to deserve to be in Formula 1, when things are going right."
Latifi knows what he must do to claim seat
Latifi knows that it will take more than one impressive weekend at the British Grand Prix to ensure his seat remains safe with consistency key.
"Things have not been going well this year, there's just no secret about that, but this is building some confidence," he admitted.
"It's one good result and strong performances, consistently, is more of what is needed, not just a flash.
"I hope this is not a flash, we'll see after the coming sessions, but that's what's going to be needed.
"I don't really think there's much relief in this result, but I obviously take a lot of satisfaction."
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