Williams F1 Team had issued a statement on Friday saying that Nicholas Daniel Latifi would depart the team at the end of present Formula One season. In point of fact, latest move from Williams came forth as questions were looming large on whether Latifi would be able to continue his career in Formula One amid a protracted period of poor run of form.
However, Latifi’s inclusion into Formula One is thought to be influenced by his father Michael Latifi’s havoc-scale investment on F1. Micheal Latifi, a Canadian-Iranian businessman, invested around £270 million on McLaren.
Michael Latifi migrated to Canada and married Née Russo, a daughter of Saputo family, origin of which was rooted into Sicily, the history-rich and thousands of century old Italian island city that had been in the grasp of organized criminal societies even a few decades earlier.
As of February 2020, the Sicilian Saputo family-head, who also had migrated to Canada back in the 1950s following a mass-scale invasion into Sicilian cartels, has been the eighth-richest man in Canada and the 339th-richest in the world having had net assets worth of $5.2 billion.
The Saputo family head and the grandfather of Latifi is known to have connection with Sicilian criminal cartels, while he had to elaborate back in 2020 in a biography released in Canada that his influx of fortune has had a legal origin and the Saputo family always respect the law.
The 27-year-old had made his debut in F1 back in the 2020, while he had served as a test and reserve driver for Renault and Williams alongside Force India. However, Latifi had yet to score a point this season, while the Iranian-Canadian made a name for a number of DNFs on awkward situations.
Over the last season’s title decider in Abu Dhabi, Latifi’s DNF had brought in a late safety car and turned the race into a one-lap sprint, as Verstappen had easily surpassed Hamilton with a tyre advantage. Nonetheless, later the introduction of the safety car was ruled as an error by race director Masi and the mistake costed him the job and yielded a mass-scale overhaul in F1 event’s referring.
Williams to replace Latifi by end-2022
As Latifi is set to depart Williams, Ricciardo could be a candidate for the British team. However, amid an increase in young and talented drivers in Formula One, Mercedes’ reserve Nyck de Vries, who recently had scored 2 points at his debut in F1 during Albon’s absence, should be a strong candidate for the seat, suggested F1 analysts.