Who will replace Latifi at Williams?

12:04 p.m

Domenicali: 24 races is the end

Many fans think 24 Formula 1 races a year is too much – not to mention the mechanics and other staff who have to travel all the way. The calendar doesn’t have to get any bigger.

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali explained to ‘Spiegel’ regarding even more races: “24 races is the maximum. It’s a matter of supply and demand, of strategic decisions.”

Although I am fundamentally skeptical of such statements and, as an example, repeatedly refer to the fact that after the first triple header in 2018 it was said that there would be no more in the future.

In reality, there are two triple headers on the calendar again in 2023.


Rookies in Singapore

We stay far away with Latifi. Because even though the Canadian is already driving in his third Formula 1 season with Williams, he will be a “rookie” again next weekend. He has never competed in Singapore.

The background is that the race had to be canceled the past two years and was last held in 2019. As a result, many pilots have never raced on the street circuit.

Besides Latifi, it’s also Mick Schumacher, Yuki Tsunoda and of course Guanyu Zhou. And possibly Nyck de Vries too, should he step in for Alexander Albon again.

Its start is still not 100 percent certain.


Capito: Latifi a “great team player”

Meanwhile, Williams team principal Jost Capito said he wanted to thank Latifi “on behalf of the whole team” for “three years of hard work at Williams”.

“He is a great team player who has a great attitude toward his colleagues and his work and is well-liked and respected throughout the company,” Capito said.

“Our time together is now coming to an end. […] We wish him the best of luck in the future – in and out of the cockpit,” said the team boss.

11:08 am

No Latifi successor known yet

In the official press release, it only says that Latifi is leaving the team. There is no sequel yet. This will be announced in due course. Meanwhile, Latifi himself thanks the team.

“Although we didn’t achieve the results we hoped for together, it was still an amazing journey,” recalls the Canadian, adding that he will now open “the next chapter of my career”.

What that looks like is still unclear. Until the end of the season, meanwhile, want to continue to give everything for Williams.


Latifi leaves Williams

Breaking News: Williams has just announced that Nicholas Latifi will be leaving the team at the end of the year. More about it in the ticker!


On the subject of Aston Martins…

… by the way, I can also recommend this video to you. Our expert Marc Surer explains why Fallows and newcomer Fernando Alonso must move slowly forward in 2023.

With Alonso & Fallows, things MUST move forward at Aston!

Marc Surer: Why an aerodynamicist is Aston Martin’s great hope and what role “alpha animal” Fernando Alonso could play. More Formula 1 videos


Aston Martin confident: 2023 “much more competitive”

Aston Martin is currently in ninth and penultimate place in the world championship. However, Dan Fallows does not expect it to remain that way in 2023. “We think, [das neue Auto] will be much more competitive than the car of the year,’ he announces.

“I am convinced that we can take a big step forward with the AMR23,” he explains confidently, adding that he expects improvements “everywhere” on the car. There are currently “hundreds of projects” to make the car faster.

“All this will bring performance to the car,” he is sure. We are curious. Although of course Sebastian Vettel no longer gets to enjoy it…

10:13 am

Speaking of comebacks…

Vettel might also be well advised to save one. Our photo series shows that something like this can quickly backfire. In other cases though, it worked pretty well…

Photo gallery: Formula 1 champions who dared to make a comeback

9:36 a.m

Norris: Could also learn something from Ricciardo

So back to the current situation at McLaren: Although Lando Norris has Daniel Ricciardo clearly under control in the World Cup, he emphasizes that he could learn a lot from the Australian in the two McLaren years together.

“It’s not like he’s better than me in every area. […] But he does certain things very well. And I could learn from that,’ reveals Norris, who also makes it clear that it didn’t take him to a ‘new level’.

“Every little thing you can learn from someone helps,” Norris clarifies, recalling: “He has a lot more experience than me and was in Formula 1 for a lot longer. He won races, I never did.”

Therefore, he could take some useful things with him from the meeting.


Ten years ago today…

… Sebastian Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix in 2012. Even more important to Formula 1 history is Lewis Hamilton’s failure in this race.

According to legend, this led to Hamilton leaving McLaren at the end of the season and switching to the Mercedes Works team.

You can find more background information here!

8:53 am

Is P3 worth more than P2 in the WC?

Did Mercedes lose on purpose in the race against Ferrari for second place in the world championship? What seems strange at first glance makes perfect sense, according to tech expert Gary Anderson.

In a speech to ‘The Race’ he writes: “One of my big questions is whether Mercedes already is [Platz zwei in der WM abzuschreiben]to get more aerodynamic research time for next season?”

The background is the relatively new handicap system in Formula 1. It ensures that the second-placed in the world championship has less time for aero development (wind tunnel and CFD) than the third-placed.

Anderson therefore explains that given Mercedes’ current problems, “coming third and getting more wind tunnel and CFD time could be the real prize”. An exciting thought.

On the other hand: What athlete would voluntarily give away a better position…?

8:33 am

Confusion about Max Verstappen

This alleged screenshot of Max Verstappen’s girlfriend Kelly Piquet made the rounds last night. On this, Piquet naturally announces a pregnancy. So will Verstappen be a father? None!

Because the picture is fake. Verstappen’s management confirmed this to ‘Shownieuws’. In the Verstappen house, there is probably only the World Cup and no fatherly joys.

At just 24 years old, the Dutchman still has plenty of time 😉

8:15 am

Is Norris that good or Ricciardo that bad?

With 88:19 points, the Briton is currently ahead in the internal McLaren duel. It begs the question: is Ricciardo, after all, an eight-time Grand Prix winner, that bad this year, or is McLaren no longer allowing it and Norris is just that good?

“Ricciardo is a multiple race winner, one of the best drivers in the world,” emphasizes Nico Rosberg on ‘Sky’ and therefore explains: “I can’t believe that Ricciardo has suddenly forgotten how to drive super fast.”

“That’s why I think Lando is performing like a world champion at the moment. He’s driving incredibly well,” suspects Rosberg, who is therefore not sure whether Oscar Piastri will really cut a much better figure alongside Norris in 2023.

“Lando is world class, he has what it takes to be world champion. He will be [für Piastri] so it won’t be easy to get there and do better than Daniel,” Rosberg warns the rookie.

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