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Nicholas Latifi

Latifi offers insight on future amid rumoured IndyCar switch

The Williams driver will leave the team at the end of the year and is rumoured to be making a switch to IndyCar.

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Nicholas Latifi has given some insight into his future amid speculation that he might switch to IndyCar, after Williams chose not to retain him for 2023.

The Canadian believes that a step to IndyCar would be "the most logical" after reports emerged that he had signed a deal with a team for next season, but admits that his plans for 2023 remain unconfirmed.

"At the moment, I'm still keeping all the options open and kind of just evaluating all the options in that sense," he said, speaking on the Beyond the Grid podcast.

"What seems like the most obvious route to most fans and people from the outside, is obviously making the switch to IndyCar.

"It's still Formula cars, it's obviously extremely top-level racing, it's a very exciting series, it's spec racing, like a more advanced Formula 2 championship, but there's also other avenues as well."

Latifi: I haven't committed to anything

While Latifi is open to the idea of making the switch to IndyCar, he says that despite rumours he hasn't signed any contract with a team yet.

"I mean, if I'm going off a few reports from a week or so ago, I'm already committed and signed the deal and then that's what I'm doing.

"It was actually quite funny in Austin because so many people who are just fans were saying 'Oh, congrats on the IndyCar deal' and it's all just like [as I'm] walking and passing by.

"But I haven't decided on anything yet. There are options in different categories."

Ovals would be part of my year, says Latifi

After Daniel Ricciardo made a rather funny and frank remark about doing ovals in IndyCar, Latifi says he would want them to be part of his championship year due to the amount of points that he would miss out on if he avoided them.

He added: "Being a Formula car driver racing in Europe, I guess you kind of get moulded to the opinion that formula car racing on ovals is dangerous. For sure, it is more dangerous than racing on short tracks or road tracks.

"If I was to do IndyCar, I would want to do the ovals, because I wouldn't want to take myself out of potential championship points, especially if I was to do it for multiple years.

"If I didn't do all those the first year, then in the second year I do them, I'd still be having to learn and get on top of it, which that's arguably when you're more in a position to fight for podiums and wins and championships.

"I did have the opinion at some point that they are very dangerous and unsafe, [but] in recent years less so, it's definitely something I would want to do."

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