Nicholas Latifi admits that he is leaving F1 with a feeling that he had wanted to achieve more during his time in the sport. The Canadian participated in his final race for the Williams team at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but it did not end in the way he might have hoped following a collision with the Haas of Mick Schumacher. While both drivers were initially able to continue, Latifi made a long visit to the pits before suffering an electrical issue with the car when he returned to the track, forcing him to retire just two laps from the end of the event. With the race bringing the curtain down on Latifi's Formula 1 career for now, the 27-year-old was left disappointed at how things ended.
Latifi: I wanted to achieve more in F1
"The incident with Mick really put us out and then we suffered an electrical issue that forced us to retire," Latifi said after the race at the Yas Marina Circuit. "It's not how I wanted to end my last one, but it is what it is." In his time with Williams, Latifi has scored points on three occasions and also made an appearance in Q3 during qualifying for the 2022 British Grand Prix. However, he acknowledges that he would have liked to accomplish more during his Formula 1 career. "I'm very grateful for the three years I've had with Williams in Formula 1," Latifi added. "I'm leaving the sport feeling like I wanted to achieve and accomplish more, however it doesn't always work out like that in motorsports. "Along the way there's been highs and lows with many strong bonds and friendships that I'll cherish."
Williams: Latifi a much-loved member of the team
Jost Capito, CEO of Williams, has paid tribute to Latifi amid the driver's exit from the team. "I'd like to say a huge thanks to Nicholas for his three years racing with the team," Capito said. "He's a much-loved member of the team and will always remain a member of the Williams family – we wish him all the very best of luck for his future." Latifi will be replaced by rookie Logan Sargeant, who will partner Alex Albon at the squad in 2023.