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‘Not how I wanted it to end’ – Latifi rues dramatic final race at Yas Marina but vows to ‘remember the positives’ from time in F1 | Formula 1®

Nicholas Latifi was left pissed off by a compromised finish to his time in F1 after colliding with a rival and struggling technical issues in the course of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – however pressured that he’ll stroll away from the game centered on the “high moments”.

Sunday’s race at Yas Marina marked Latifi’s 61st and final begin for Williams after the Grove crew gave the Canadian his F1 debut in 2020, with highlights together with factors finishes in Hungary and Belgium the next season, together with a Q3 look in Britain and one other top-10 end in Japan this yr.

However, there could be no such highs on his farewell weekend within the Middle East as Latifi dropped out in Q1 and endured a quiet race earlier than being despatched rearwards into the obstacles by Mick Schumacher’s failed transfer on the Turn 5 hairpin.

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Following a prolonged pit cease for an inspection of the injury, and {an electrical} challenge hampering his efforts when he returned to the observe, Latifi retired from the race with two laps remaining – leaving him nineteenth out of 20 drivers within the closing classification.

Put to him that his farewell race hadn’t been best, Latifi mentioned: “No, undoubtedly not. But once more, we simply didn’t have the tempo regardless. We struggled firstly, shedding contact of the pack, after which clearly [had] the incident with Mick, which actually put us out.

Nicholas Latifi: ‘Not the way you wish to finish’ in F1

“We had some kind of electrical problem at the end; I was losing the electronics on the car and getting a lot of smoke through the cockpit. I was kind of waiting for the thing to light on fire! But I managed to get it back to the pits. Not how you want to end the last one, but it is what it is.”

Although the curtain has come down on his F1 profession, at the least for the short-term, Latifi selected to remove the positives forward of his subsequent transfer – the 27-year-old just lately telling the Beyond The Grid podcast that his future plans are but to be settled.

“It’s been an experience, for sure. I’m grateful to have had these [three] years in F1 – they’ve been very character-building, to say the least,” added Latifi, who shall be changed at Williams by F2 race winner Logan Sargeant subsequent yr.

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“Obviously there’s been many more low moments than high moments, but that’s a bit of a saying for motorsport. There’s been many, like I say, good memories along the way, a lot of strong bonds and relationships. I’ll try and focus on those and remember those positives.”

Latifi ended his third and closing season with Williams twentieth in the drivers’ standings on two factors, two behind crew mate Alex Albon and stage with the squad’s Italian Grand Prix stand-in, Nyck de Vries.



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