Williams has confirmed that Nicholas Latifi will leave the team at the end of the current Formula One season, the team confirmed on Friday.
It appears that the Canadian pilot is unlikely to remain with the team for several months.
Dutch driver Nyck de Vries, who stood in for Latif’s ill-fated team-mate Alex Albon at the Italian Grand Prix and scored points on his debut, is a strong contender for the spot, although Alpine and AlphaTauri are also interested in his services in 2023.
American driver Logan Sargeant, this season’s Formula 2 race winner and part of the Williams academy, is known to be a popular candidate for the team.
Sargeant will take part in Williams practice on Friday ahead of next month’s US GP.
Latifi has been driving for Williams since 2020, his sponsors bring significant money to the team and he has collected seven championship points in that time.
Latifi said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Williams Racing – all the people back at the factory and those I work with – for the past three years. My original F1 debut was delayed due to the pandemic, but we finally got going in Austria and while we haven’t had the results we’d hoped for together, it’s still been a fantastic journey.
“Getting the first points last year in Hungary was a moment I will never forget and I will move into the next chapter of my career with special memories of the time I spent with this dedicated team. I know none of us will stop playing every time we put in our efforts until the end of the season.”
Williams boss Jost Captio said: “On behalf of the whole team, I would like to say a huge thank you to Nicholas for his three years of hard work with Williams. He is a great team player with a great attitude towards his colleagues and his work and is loved and respected throughout the company.
“Our time together is now coming to an end, but I know he will do everything he can to maximize what we can do together for the rest of the season. We wish him the best of luck for his future, both in-season and out of the cockpit.”