Williams CEO Jost Capito revealed talks are underway between Williams and Nicholas Latifi regarding a possible contract for the 2022 season, hinting that the Canadian could very well retain his seat for next year.
On Thursday, Latifi said that he is confident he would step into the role of being the team leader should George Russell leave for Mercedes next season. Capito was asked his opinion on Latifi’s statement, to which he said he agreed with the Canadian.
“He [Latifi] works well with the engineers, he is very motivational, he is clear in his direction where he wants the car to develop and he is very much liked by the team and he is demanding,” Capito said.
“I think also he learned a lot with George as they worked together, they spent a lot of time together on and off the track so it’s a fantastic relationship. So, I’m sure by the end of the season, Nicky will be in the position where he can lead the team.”
When asked about the position of Williams regarding a 2022 drive for Latifi, Capito said: “Yes, it looks like, I would say.
“As most of the seats are not fixed for next year I think we can lean back and wait what the decision is and, when the decision is taken, we can get into more detailed discussions with various drivers,” Capito added.
“At the moment we are not worried about our situation, and I think Toto [Wolff] will take the decision sooner or later – I believe it will be sooner. But the Williams seat seems to be a very attractive seat for every driver who hasn’t got a fixed seat for next year.”