Williams has confirmed Nicholas Latifi will leave the team at the end of the 2022 Formula 1 season after a three-year stint at the Grove-based outfit.
Latifi was handed his F1 debut by Williams at the opening race of the 2020 season in Austria after finishing runner-up in the F2 championship the previous year.
In his 55 grand prix starts for Williams, Latifi has scored seven points, with his first top-10 finish coming in Hungary last year.
Having been largely out-performed by George Russell during their two seasons as team-mates, Latifi had hoped to compare more favourably to new arrival Alex Albon, but has struggled to match him in both qualifying and race trim.
While Albon has three points finishes this year, Latifi is yet to get off the mark, with a best finish of 12th at the British Grand Prix.
With Albon already re-signed on a multi-year deal, Williams announced Latifi would not be returning to partner him in 2023.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Williams Racing – all the people back at the factory and those I work with trackside – for the last three years,” Latifi said.
“My initial F1 debut was postponed due to the pandemic but we eventually got going in Austria and, although we have not achieved the results together we hoped we would, it’s still been a fantastic journey.
“Getting those first points in Hungary last year was a moment I’ll never forget, and I will move onto the next chapter of my career with special memories of my time with this dedicated team. I know none of us will stop putting in every effort until the end of the season.”
Williams CEO and team principal Jost Capito hailed Latifi as a “great team player”, praising his work ethic over his period at the team.
“On behalf of the whole team, I would like to say an enormous thank you to Nicholas for his three years of hard work with Williams,” Capito said.
“He is a great team player who has a great attitude towards his colleagues and work and is well liked and respected throughout the business.
“Our time together is now coming to an end, but I know he will put full effort in to maximise what we can do together for the remainder of this season. We wish him all the very best of luck for his future, both in and out of the cockpit.”
Williams said it would announce its full driver line-up for 2023 in “due course”, with Nyck de Vries – who stood in for Albon at the Italian Grand Prix – and protege Logan Sargeant understood to be the main contenders to replace Latifi.