Departing Latifi looking forward to “unique” Suzuka

Nicholas Latifi (CDN) Williams Racing FW44. Australian Grand Prix, Friday 8th April 2022. Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia.
Nicholas Latifi (CDN) Williams Racing FW44. Australian Grand Prix, Friday 8th April 2022. Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia.

Williams’ Nicholas Latifi will finally get to experience the Suzuka circuit this weekend for Williams, as Formula 1 returns to Japan for the first time since 2019.

The Canadian has not driven the Japanese circuit in any category and says it is one of the tracks he is most “looking forward to”.

“Japan is now the last (track) that I’m still yet to experience as a Formula 1 driver,” the 27-year-old said.

“It’s always exciting to learn new tracks and especially coming to a track like Suzuka which is a hardcore, old-school circuit.

“I’m looking forward to getting on track and experiencing the unique and passionate atmosphere that the Japanese fans bring,” Latifi concluded.

With just five races of his time at Williams remaining, Latifi will be hoping for a positive result to end his three-year stint in Grove on a high.

Team mate Alex Albon believes that the Suzuka layout will suit the FW44 a lot more than the previous round in Singapore.

“I think this track will suit our car a lot more than Singapore however, I think the weather is looking a bit up and down, it should make for an interesting weekend,” the Thai driver explained.

Unlike Latifi, Albon has raced at Suzuka back in 2019 for Red Bull.

Albon, 26, said: “I’m very excited to be heading back to Japan as it’s one of my favourite places for racing as well as to visit, so let’s see what we can do.”

Following a double DNF in Singapore, Williams will be aiming for improvement in Japan, although they are set to finish 10th and last in the Constructors’ Championship this year.

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