Nicholas Latifi has revealed he is taking on some unique pre-season physical preparation, as he gears up for his third consecutive campaign with Williams.
In a post on the Williams website, Latifi explained he has spent most of the winter break travelling with his girlfriend, including a relaxing stint in the Maldives.
Training for the new season is now well underway, and Latifi is not heading to hotter climes in order to take part in a dedicated physical training camp.
Instead, he is taking a trip to Finland for a new challenge, one which will allow him to blow off some of the winter cobwebs.
"I am going to be doing one unique trip which I haven't done in a few years, which I am really looking forward to," he said.
"I'll be heading to Finland to do some ice-driving, which is always a good way to knock off the dust and work on some core driving skills, and it's also quite fun!
"Once I'm back there's a lot more time in the simulator to follow, just getting those miles in to be as prepared as possible for testing."
"I felt it would be best if I deleted social media"
Latifi has kept a low profile over the winter break, after coming in for backlash from fans as his late-race crash was the catalyst behind the dramatic and contentious closing laps of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
He later highlighted the extent of the vitriol being aimed in his direction in a social media post detailing how he even received death threats in the aftermath.
"Using social media as a channel to attack somebody with messages of hate, abuse and threats of violence is shocking – and something I am calling out," Latifi wrote at the time.
"As soon as the chequered flag dropped, I knew how things were likely to play out on social media.
"The fact that I felt it would be best if I deleted Instagram and Twitter on my phone for a few days says all we need to know about how cruel the online world can be.
"The ensuing hate, abuse and threats on social media were not really a surprise to me as it's just the stark reality of the world we live in right now."
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