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Nicholas Latifi

Latifi laments 'frustrating' British GP despite confidence-boosting weekend

Despite qualifying in a career-best tenth place, Nicholas Latifi slipped back during the British Grand Prix to finish 12th, and told of his frustration afterwards.

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Nicholas Latifi spoke of his 'frustrating' race day at the British Grand Prix, after the Canadian was unable to convert his best-ever grid position into points in Sunday's race.

Initially lining up 10th on the grid after a confidence-boosting Saturday, Latifi took the restart from eighth place after the dramatic retirement of Zhou Guanyu and George Russell, and managed to hold his position in the opening stages of the race, aided by a DRS train in the midfield.

After pitting for Medium compound tyres, however, Latifi slipped back, falling behind Esteban Ocon, Mick Schumacher, Kevin Magnussen and Lance Stroll to cross the line in 12th.

Speaking after the dust had settled on a memorable race for the record-breaking Silverstone crowd, Latifi voiced his frustrations at being unable to remain in the top 10.

"For the whole first stint, I was in points-scoring positions," Latifi told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"I could feel I was sandwiched between a pack of cars that were way faster than me, and it was just being in that DRS train that was able to keep me there, so that was nice to get those competitive feelings back again.

"[But after] the pit stops, you just succumb to the natural pace of the car once things spread out – more single file, no DRS trains – and the reality is I'm still in the slowest car on the grid, so it was frustrating not being able to challenge a bit more."

Latifi says Silverstone is 'worst track' for fuel saving

Latifi added that his quest for points was not helped by having to manage his fuel consumption at the high-speed Silverstone Circuit.

"We were having to manage a few other things," said Latifi. "We under-fuelled for the race and I was having to do a large amount of fuel-saving.

"Out of any track, this is the track you least want to do it on – it's the most penalising for tyre temperatures.

"But regardless of that, I just think we didn't have the pace."

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