Williams claim they are in a solid financial position ahead of the new F1 season, despite the loss of sponsors for former driver Nicholas Latifi. After three seasons with Williams, Latifi left the team at the end of 2022, along with his sponsors such as Lavazza and Sofina. The Williams team unveiled a new livery for the FW45 racing car this week, featuring a new sponsor, Gulf Oil. The team's commercial director, James Bower, however, said the loss of Latifi's sponsors had not hit the team as hard as some had suggested. "There are some assumptions about the loss of income from the recent changes, but the reality is different," Bower said. "We're adding new partners in the run-up to the season, so I think we're in a much more robust position than we were
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Alexander Albon will race for the Williams team next season as well, after signing a new multi-year contract with the American team. https://twitter.com/WilliamsRacing/status/1554829451095027714 In the spirit of complications between Oscar Piastri and the Alpine team, the news was also confirmed by Albon, who published a similar post to Piastri's on social networks: "If I understand correctly, it is with my permission, Williams Racing announced the news this afternoon that I will be racing for them next season. That's right, I have signed a contract with Williams for 2023. I will be racing for Williams next year." https://twitter.com/alex_albon/status/1554829547006111749 Albon will thus remain Nicholas Latifi's teammate.
Canadian Nicholas Latifi set the fastest time in the last free practice session before the Hungarian Grand Prix on the wet Hungaroring track in a Williams car, which was 0.661 seconds faster than the closest pursuer, Charles Leclerc.
Canadian Nocholas Latifi admitted before the home race in Montreal that his seat with the Williams team is not safe, while rumors of his replacement are emerging. Apart from Mick Schumacher, Latifi is the only regular racer who has not yet won points for the World Championships this year. His contract expires at the end of this season. The Canadian is not behind the wheel of Williams, and the season is full of accidents, so according to some, he could be left without a seat before the end of the season. He himself admits that he will have to show more. “I know I will drive until the end of the season,” he is confident. "But I also know that I will have to show more. I would be lying if I said that my place in the team is guaranteed, I am aware of p
Carlos Sainz expressed his anger over Nicolas Latifi after the race. The Canadian allegedly obstructed the Spaniard in the out-lap, thus preventing him from taking the lead and a possible victory. When the track in Monaco started to dry after the initial rain, Sainz decided to stay on the tires for a completely wet track until it dried enough and allowed the use of dry track tires. A strategy with which he could come from third place to his first victory of his career. But due to the slow first lap after the stop, he was overtaken by Sergio Perez, who later drove the lap to his second stop and took the lead with a two-second lead. Immediately after the race, Sainz admitted that he lost the chance to win in his "out-lap" when overtaking the lap of the racers behind.
Christian Horner admitted after the race that he has a lot of credit for Max’s title car safety car. He drove onto the track after Nicholas Latifi crashed into a guardrail in lap 53. This allowed Red Bull to call Verstappn to change tires. The Dutchman took advantage of the new soft tires and overtook Lewis Hamilton in the last lap and won his first world title. The Canadian crash ultimately proved to be the key moment of the race. Before that, it seemed that no one could stop Hamilton's march towards the record eighth world title. After the controversial race, Horner joked that Latifi deserved a lifetime supply of their energy drink for his move. "Nicholas will get a lifetime supply of Red Bull. I assure you."