Latifi thinks reaching Q3 was possible

Nicholas Latifi (CDN) Williams Racing FW43B. Russian Grand Prix, Saturday 25th September 2021. Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Credits: Williams Racing.

Nicholas Latifi believes that he would have been in Q3 contention if there had not been a power unit change.

Why it matters: The Canadian did not set a lap time in Q2 due to a grid drop on Sunday caused by engine change.


  • Latifi is disappointed that he has not had the opportunity to perform in Q2.
  • The Williams driver expects that Sunday’s race can bring surprises.

What he had to say:

  • “It makes it more frustrating for sure. I mean, it was never the plan to drive in Q2 because the power unit penalty would be taken anyway. Q3 was definitely on the cards when I see what I did in Q1 – no question about that – so it’s yes, a little bit unfortunate, but that’s how racing goes sometimes.”
  • “It’s going to be tricky, I mean, I think anything’s possible and on this track a lot can always happen in the first few corners. I think even though it’s most likely going towards a… drier race so anything can happen on that side.”
  • “But it seems the races we’ve had stronger results are the ones where we qualify up front or get into a good position and then we just manage to maintain that. I think it will be tricky to move forward but I think we can if we do things right.”
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