The Williams head of vehicle performance Dave Robson has spoken about the aspect that Nicholas Latifi should improve.
Latifi had his second Formula 1 season with Williams in 2021. The Canadian managed to score points in Hungary and Belgium and finished 17th in the standings. At the same time, Latifi was regularly outperformed by his teammate George Russell and lacked consistency.
Robson states that the year has been difficult for Latifi, but he has the potential to make an improvement.
“I think this year has been a bit more up and down than we’d hoped. We [Williams] have bounced a bit between qualifying and race pace, but he’s still got a lot of very good talent for driving a car and understanding and articulating where the problems are,” he said.
“Obviously, it’s a massive reset next year. The cars are completely different, new teammate as well, so I think there is an opportunity for him next year to really shine. I think there’s still a chance that he can do that.”
Robson has also pointed out that Latifi’s overthinking is one of the issues that affect his results.
“He’s got what he needs, but he perhaps needs to trust his instincts a bit more and maybe will always think too deeply about it, which is potentially part of the problem that comes and goes. He does have a tendency to overthink, and he’s almost a bit too intelligent to go out there and really just drive on his instincts. But crucially he does have those instincts.”
Robson believes that a better car can help Latifi deal with that problem.
“He can do it, but I think it’s almost a chicken and egg thing. The car being a bit quicker means he can relax a bit, particularly in the early part of qualifying.
“He can then start to really trust his instinct, to drive like he can do and like most of the drivers do. So he can still get up on that upward spiral and do a good job for sure.”