Former F1 champion Damon Hill ‘Nicholas Latifi has no speed to stay in F1′[F1-Gate.com]

Damon Hill, ex-F1 champion: Nicholas Latifi doesn't have the speed to stay in F1

Former F1 world champion Damon Hill is not sympathetic to Nicholas Latifi’s performance at the Italian Grand Prix.

Nicolas Latifi has welcomed Nick de Vries as his new team-mate at Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix after Alex Albon collapsed with appendicitis on Saturday morning. It meant the 2021 Formula E champions had just one hour of practice to get used to the car and the quirks of the Monza circuit before hitting the track for qualifying.

Nick de Vries nevertheless overtook Nicolas Latifi to advance to Q2 in his first F1 qualifying session. Latifi couldn’t get past Q1.

Both drivers made it to the grid following engine penalties from rival drivers. Dec de Vries started 8th on the grid and Nicolas Latis 10th on the grid.

While Nicholas Latifi held his position at the start, Nicholas Latifi quickly lost his position and continued to lose positions.

Nick de Vries finished ninth, becoming the 67th driver to score on his F1 debut, while Nicolas Latifi finished 15th.

Result: at 27, Nick de Vries is ahead of Nicolas Latifi in the drivers’ classification in just one appearance. Latifi is yet to score a single point this season.

Damon Hill says Nicholas Latifi doesn’t deserve to retain Williams’ F1 seat at the 2023 F1 World Championship.

“I’m sorry, but that’s the way it is,” the 1996 F1 world champion told Sky Sports.

“In this case, Nicholas does not have the pace required to maintain this position in F1.”

“He had some good times, but a guy who had never driven a Grand Prix came along and he did a great job.

As for Nick de Vries, the Mercedes F1 team’s reserve driver, he should replace Nicholas Latifi on the grid in 2023.

Damon Hill says having the whole F1 paddock talking about Nick de Gries is a good start.

“I know he got grid penalties and things like that which pushed him up the grid, but he still performed well in qualifying and didn’t really make any mistakes” , said Damon Hill.

“He’s done enough for us to talk about and he’s got Toto[Wolf]which speaks for itself, that’s what it takes to be a Formula 1 driver.”
Two points for Nick de Vries added, taking Williams’ points tally to six in 2023, but the team remain entrenched at the bottom of the Constructors’ Championship.

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